The African American Journey

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“If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free” (Sophocles Quote). Early in beginnings of slavery in the United States this quote never seemed true to the enslaved african population. Though throughout time, this quote became more of an goal. That even if somebody is oppressing me physically, I can still remain emotionally in charge. African Americans went through a lot and have gotten very far in society. The journey starts with fighting for citizenship and globally ends with the battle for equality.
The American Civil war was the beginning of trying to obtain citizenship for African Americans. Northern states wanted to free the slaves, and Southern states did not. That was the basis of the war. (Remembering the American Civil War) Looking at the situation analytically you can see that prejudice was not the only ploy in oppressing these people’s freedom. The north was growing in industry. They were growing taller, and wider. So, they hired immigrants to work for little money. Yes, their workers would get paid unlike the slaves, but they would also live in equal if not worse conditions than the slaves of the south. These were what the south would call wage slaves. (Wage Slaves). Though this did not stop the north. They knew that keeping humans in captivity was in humane. So the south left the union. Abraham Lincoln, the president at the time needed a way to win this war politically as well as physically. He wrote the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves, in the union. Let’s not get his motives confused though. We read in his letter to Hon. Horace Greeley, “ If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing s...

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