With the war just beginning, ex-slaves and other African Americans wanted to get in on the action. They wanted to fight against those who had enslaved them and their families for generations. They began volunteering and trying to enlist, but everywhere they went they were rejected. "In general, white soldiers and officers believed that black men lacked the courage to fight and fight well'; (History of African-Americans in the Civil War). Even some abolitionists believed putting them in the battlefield would be putting African Americans higher than they should be.
Because the African Americans were unfavorable, black units were not used in combat as they might have been. Nevertheless, the African Americans fought in numerous battles. African Americans fought gallantly. Northern leaders also saw another reason to have African Americans in the Civil War is that the Union needed soldiers. Congress aloud them to enlist them because they thought they might as well have more soldiers.
However, with the onset of the Revolutionary War, the British invited blacks to join the British Army and in return, they would receive their freedom. Thoughts of wholesale desertion of slaves to the British regiments created a fear that swept throughout the colonies and led colonists to allow blacks to fight for the local militias and even the army. Serving in the Revolutionary War enabled many slaves to earn their freedom, but to their dismay, not equality. Although blacks served in segregated units, the military gave them opportunity to gain respect through acts of courage and valor. Black soldiers like Salem Poor gained respect from white men.
Before the outbreak of the Civil War, fought from 1861 until 1865, blacks were bound by the callousness of slavery. Though the initial claims for the intent of the war was to reunite the seceding southern states with the Union, it ultimately became about the retention of slavery in southern states. It was during the Civil War that blacks were permitted to enter combat for the first time,... ... middle of paper ... ...minates and resonates with endless possibilities. However, at the war’s close, the soldier’s valiant efforts were diminished by the conflict that was ignited by their return. The Red Summer of 1919 was the result of competition between races for jobs and other resources within the finite space of the North, but the targeted blacks did not allow themselves to be victimized by the occurrence; instead the “New Negro” retaliated “making America safe for himself.” Nevertheless, the surging conflicts did not hinder or impede the tenacity of the African American, but their new perspective and perception of life infiltrated into the arts.
Throughout American history, African Americans have had to decide whether they belonged in the United States or if they should go elsewhere. Slavery no doubtfully had a great impact upon their decisions. However, despite their troubles African Americans made a grand contribution and a great impact on both armed forces of the Colonies and British. "The American Negro was a participant as well as a symbol. "; (Quarles 7) African Americans were active on and off the battlefield, they personified the goal freedom, the reason for the war being fought by the Colonies and British.
Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation During his presidency and the beginning years of the Civil War, Lincoln strongly denied the rumor that he would support an attack on slavery. When the outbreak of the fighting began, he pledged to help restore the Union, but accepted the actuality of slavery with Congress assisting his position. However, during 1862 Lincoln was swayed for a number of causes that Negro emancipation as a war amount was crucial. His thoughts were black and whites should not have the same privileges. “All men created equal” shall not deal them the same political and social skills.
The Civil War is often thought of as white northerners and southerners fighting over the freedom of African American’s. African American soldiers would fight on both sides of the war. The eventual acceptance of African American’s and their contributions to the Union Army would be pivotal in the Unions success. African Americans were banned from joining the Union Army in the early part of the Civil War. President Lincoln feared that African Americans in the Army would persuade certain states, such as Missouri, to join the Confederacy.
Slavery is a sensitive area, but the flag does not reflect this. The war was about the South's right to make it's own laws, and to be free from the Union. There were many Black soldiers there in the Confederacy of their own will. They loved the South just as any white man. The flag means to harm to black people; it is there representing many lives of blacks who died in the war as well!
Lincoln’s main priorities were to preserve the Union, and reserve the republic. Slavery, in some ways, was a nonissue to Lincoln unless the republic was threatened. Lincoln was dead set opposed to secession, which greatly worried the South. The South realized that if Lincoln won the election, they would lose power. Due to this worry of losing their “way of life” due to Lincoln’s victory in the election, the South decided to secede from the Union, which eventually lead to the Civil War.
What seemed to be a terrible loss does not lessen how courageous those men were. The battle at Fort Wagner was a turning point in white Americans perception of African American troops because of their bravery and dedication they gave in this battle. In the beginning, Lincoln argued that the Union was not fighting to demolish slavery but to prevent the collapse of the United States. Abolitionists were opposed to that and felt that the war was based on ending slavery. They also argued that African Americans should be able to enlist in the Union and be able to fight for their country as well.