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Civil War 9

analytical Essay
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Many developments in social life and the constitution amounted to a revolution between 1860 and 1877. Some of the major events that took place during this time period were the secession of the southern states, Civil War, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendment, and reconstruction. In 1860, South Carolina declared their causes of secession. South Carolina was the first state to secede, and their main reason was that their powers were restrained by the federal government. They felt they were not sovereign, and therefore needed to secede. In the 1860’s, the nation continued to struggle to become united. Congress introduced the new banking and currency systems. Senator John Sherman commended this because he was a strong believer in national unity. He believed that everything should be nationalized because putting state authority above national authority would be "the main instrument by which our government is sought to be overthrown." The blacks at this time were persistently struggling for their civil rights. They declared that they should have the privilege of voting because they fought in the war to preserve the union. In a petition, American citizens of African descent stated that " It (the government) can afford to trust him with a vote as safely as it trusted him with a bayonet." At this time they did not have full protection from the courts, nor did the courts receive a black person’s testimony. In 1865, the blacks did not receive homesteads...

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the major events that took place between 1860 and 1877, including the secession of the southern states, civil war, thirteenth, fourteen, and fifteen
  • Explains that south carolina was the first state to secede in 1860 because their powers were restrained by the federal government.
  • Explains that congress introduced the new banking and currency systems in the 1860s. senator sherman believed that everything should be nationalized because putting state authority above national authority would be 'the main instrument'
  • Explains that the blacks were persistently struggling for their civil rights. they declared that they should have the privilege of voting because they fought in the war to preserve the union.
  • Explains that lincoln finalized the emancipation proclamation in 1863, which guaranteed the future freedom of all american slaves. though it failed, it didn't change the position of a single slave in the south.
  • Explains that the fourteenth amendment was passed in 1866, which gave the blacks their freedom. senator lot morrill addresses this amendment as a revolution because that one amendment alone revolutionized the system based on black servitude.
  • Analyzes how thomas nast depicts that newly emancipated black people are no threat to the whites because they’ve only escaped slavery to come into poverty.
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