The "Emancipation Proclamation" speech was actually intended for most of the people that would free the slaves, not to the slaves. According to Rollyson the proclamation was not intended for the slave, blacks, or former slaves. The “Emancipation Proclamation” speech was during the Antislavery Movement or what some people call it the Abolitionist Movement, during the 1960's. The main leaders of the abolitionist movement were Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. The point of Lincoln writing the speech about emancipating the slaves was to free the slaves and win the civil war.
The Missouri Compromise. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/causes-american-civil-war.htm "Causes of the American Civil War."
During the war, the Southern states used the slaves to support their armies in the field and to manage the home front. Lincoln justified the proclamation as a war measure intended to cripple the Confederates use of slaves in war. The book, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End Of Slavery in America, says “No single official paper in American history changed the lives of as many Americans as Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. But no American document has been held up to greater suspicion” (Guelzo 12). When Lincoln first proposed the Proclamation to his cabinet members, they didn’t support it; Lincoln’s advisors believed it to be too radical.
Beauregard shot at the Union Troops currently occupying Fort Sumter. While this specific event may have marked the beginning of actual warfare, it was not the only event to spark the beginning of the Civil War in general. One of the most well-known causes of the Civil War is the conflict over slavery. The Southern states were very dependent on agriculture and the slave labor that was required to maintain healthy crops. On the other hand, the Northern states were more focused on factories and industrial work, and did not want slavery to expand as the country grew.
To do this, Lincoln used the Emancipation Proclamation to turn the Civil War into a crusade: both for America, and for God. It is this final factor that proved the most influential. The economy of America’s Southern states had been utterly dependent on slavery for decades before Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Proclamation. However, it was at this point that... ... middle of paper ... ... was able to deter the British and French governments from invading on the Confederate side. More important than this, though, was the appearance of the War to the Northern electorate.
William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and the Grimke sisters are all prime examples of people who challenged pro-slavery, and protested the idea that one race was superior to another. Although abolitionists fought for their beliefs during this movement in the 1830s up to the year 1870 for the immediate emancipation of slaves, the ending of racial prejudice and segregation would not be possible if not by the influence of those courageous people, and should continue to be reinforced in today’s society. ("Civil Rights Movement.") William Lloyd Garrison was one of the most radical social reformers during his time, and was the publisher of The Liberator which a newspaper that highlighted the Abolitionists’ Movement’s cause. He advocated the immediate and complete emancipation of all slaves although it was an unpopular view amongst people, even to those residing in the North who were against slavery.Garrison managed to remain passive, the amount of violence from those who did not agree with him.
As the war progressed, it seemed like a bold move for Abraham Lincoln to emancipate slaves because the South depended on slaves, and it was overall for the betterment of America. The issue of slavery separating the government into two sides was not effective for America. He was trying to prevent future generations of representatives from arguing over this issue, because it does not help the country get better. The North knew that during the war it would not matter, but they disconnected the South to its economic catalyst. He was named ‘The Great Emancipator’ because of the actions he took in office.
Abraham Lincoln’s feelings toward slavery were not actually those that he portrayed in the Emancipation Proclamation. Moreover, Lincoln’s main objective in the Civil War was monetary: he feared states succession and financial collapse. Abraham Lincoln should not be known as the Great Emancipator, but rather the Great Centralizer. Ask an average American citizen why the Civil War was fought and the common reply will be that the North wanted slavery abolished; whereas the South, who relied on slavery to work their plantations did not want slavery abolished. The slavery issue might have been auxiliary, certainly vital to keeping the states from seceding, but the Civil War was not fought to end slavery.