However, pressures of the war prompted Lincoln to change his mind. Many Republicans pressured Lincoln to free the slaves as they no longer had an obligation to respect the Southern peculiar institution. They also pointed out slavery was what caused the war and would have a foreign policy advantage: repelling Britain from recognizing the Confederacy’s sovereignty. Also during this time, the Union was growing weary in response to a number of military failures and the enlistments were down; freeing that slaves would mean the Union recruit free blacks into its armed forces. Finally, it freed millions of innocent blacks from their shackles, which represented the American ideal of opportunity and equality.
Gradually as the year grew on, the downfall of the African Ame... ... middle of paper ... ...ssed. Separately southerners conclude movement toward disunion but are angered by Northern resistance to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. Northerners are upset about possible growth of slavery in the Southwest and the stronger fugitive slave law that asks all U.S. citizens to help return the slaves that try to escape. As events happen, California strategically sends a group of pro-slavery Representatives and Senators to Congress until the beginning of the Civil War. In conclusion, the union, a group of twenty three states, mainly wanted the abolishment of slavery and retain the Confederate states from taking control of the nation.
Jefferson contradicted himself many times with his beliefs on politics and the issue of race and slavery. He gradually attempted to end slavery in the United States early in his career . Banneker wrote this letter because of his growing anger towards people who believed blacks were inferior to whites. For example, Thomas Jefferson once said blacks were ‘“inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind .”’ There were many people making statements like this, and although Banneker was not an enslaved African- American, he was not fond of it. In the letter, Banneker talks about independence and how difficult it was for the United States.
He even went as far to say it was an “abominable crime.” Jefferson was for gradual emancipation (freedom) that would eventually allow slaves to be moved out of the United States. Jefferson felt that the relationships between white and black people was so hostile, and inhumane that they would not be able to function together in a stable society. Jefferson calmed down on his slavery protests when he started realizing how difficult of a task ending slavery would really be. Everything that he had grown up knowing would change completely, and not just for him but many others. But regardless of how hard or impossible it seemed, he decided that he wasn’t going to give up.
What many people don’t know is that the original intent of the Civil War was to preserve the Union. Many factors went into Lincoln’s decision to also address slavery through this war. For one, the number of men enlisting in the war was dwindling, and it became apparent that black manpower would be absolutely necessary to win the war. Also, the increasingly upset Radical Republicans and abolitionists let their opinions be known and persuaded the citizens of the North that the war could not be won without attacking the issue of slavery. Finally, Lincoln believed that transforming the dispute from a conflict to preserve the Union to a crusade against slavery would dissuade the threatening British and French from supporting the Confederacy.
The Emancipation Proclamation proposes a central question of “who truly freed the slaves?” in the 1860s. The question is a broad debate, posing many aspects and a variety of opinions. The common educated American might suggest that this was Abraham Lincoln’s doing, considering he was president at the time of action. But historians who look deeper into the situation to scope out other answers to the question, offering the idea that it was the slaves themselves, or even individual states. However, the war itself was the primary factor for setting the slaves free because without the Civil War, the “door to freedom would have remained closed” until another large uprising came about to put an end to slavery (131).
To imagine human social life without it required an extraordinary effort. All throughout the early part of the 1800s, many people in the North opposed slavery. The desire to abolish slaver... ... middle of paper ... ...ltures and classes had to work together. On the other hand, the South continued to hold onto an old-fashioned social order. The people in the United States became torn between the economic benefits of slavery and the moral and inhumane issues it raised, white Southerners grew more and more defensive of slavery.
Many people didn’t want it, and many people did want it. Unfortunately the only way to settle this debate was to go to war but it did end up if the powerful abolishment of slavery. This makes the war just because it made numerous amounts of African Americans free from the torture and hardships of terrible living conditions, little to know food, abuse from masters, and many other terrible things as well. The abolishment of slavery isn’t the only reason this war was just. Many positive things came out of this war such as the United States gaining New Mexico, new war strategies, and mainly the United States of America stayed as a whole.
Lincoln’s speech, during August of 1862, he reiterated the fact that he would put forth his official duty ahead of his own personal wish that “all men, everywhere, could be free”. The people needed a leader they could trust at this time and with the Civil War in its second year, they needed someone who wasn’t going to make this war about race and instead focus on the country. Whether Mr. Lincoln could end slavery all together, somewhat, or not at all, he would do that in order to make the country whole again. (Doc. 6) While there are critics that attempt to make President Lincoln out to be a war monger and a radical abolitionist, if you really do your research, you will see that he was doing everything he could to be a good president.
Causes- Many people attribute the cause of this war to the abolishment of slavery and although that was one of the major catalysts in starting the war it was not the main cause behind the war starting. The main cause to the war starting was tat the south was “sick and tired” of the federal government meddling with the governing of individual states. The states thought that the government “meddled” too much in the affairs of individual states. The abolishment of slavery was just the excuse the south was looking for to secede from the union and form its own government placing the majority of the governing power in the states and not in a central government. An excellent metaphor for the cause of the war, which I found on the net, is to say that the causes were like a “Wagon Wheel.” The central hub of the problem being the problem of states rights.