Lincoln promises not to abolish slavery but what does he later do? Pass the Emancipation Proclamation. The war in general seemed to be based off of some seemingly ... ... middle of paper ... ...n history. The fact that both sides had very different views on what caused the war, what they wanted out of the war, and what the war meant resulted in a conflict that would change the course of American history and cause us to become a even stronger nation. Fortunately, for us today, the North won the war and saved the Union.
The act of rebellion had eliminated the threat of rebellion as a reason for the North to accept the status quo regarding southern slavery. Nonetheless, Lincoln resisted the immediate calls for abolition. He reversed efforts by his generals to use the rebellion as a justification for emancipation, and as Horace Greeley complained even after Congress had passed the Second Confiscation Act which allowed Lincoln to emancipate all slaves belonging to rebels, Lincoln still refused to support emancipation. Although there are differing views, the Emancipation Proclamation was indeed important to the Civil War. This reader sees the proclamation as necessary for the Union to win the war as it stirred passion and gave conviction to those fighting for it.
More important than this, though, was the appearance of the War to the Northern electorate. In declaring that the War was God’s “punishment” for America’s sin of slavery, and that it undermined the forefathers’ ambitions, Lincoln encouraged both Puritan and Nationalist Northerners to support the Northern cause. This factor, impacting as it did on the 1864 election, can be seen to be the one that most influenced Lincoln. Through this cosmetic alteration of the war effort, Lincoln’s aims transcended his original desire for Unionism. After the Proclamation, Lincoln’s aspirations developed from this simple pledge to an ambition of winning the war, the election- and the slaves’ freedom.
The Dred Scott decision even stated that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional by the Fifth Amendment which prevented Congress from depriving people of their property (slaves) without the due process of law. Though there was not much dispute at the time of the Compromise, it would later serve as a problem being repealed and called unconstitutional. Kansas Nebraska Act/ Bleeding... ... middle of paper ... ...ave. In late 1860 through 1861, Southern states began to secede from the US as the constitution of the Confederate States of America gave citizens the right to own slaves. They even elected their own president, Jefferson Davis.
After the research that been done, it can be proven that the American Revolution was actually a Revolution. In the American Revolution the government changed and the people wanted to leave British rule resulting in and there was violence. Of course there were some famous people that were involve in the American Revolution such as; George Washington, Benjamin Franklin. And many other people, many of these individuals helped to form the new government. Before the American Revolution American colonist were under British rule .
“If anything, the opposition was more powerful and effective in the North than in the South.” (Why Did the Confederacy Lose?, pg 120) However the powerful opposition in the North w... ... middle of paper ... ...t and see it as a way to get rid of the moral burden of slavery. The conservative stands Lincoln originally held were broken with the Emancipation Proclamation, causing a massive internal struggle in the South to bring them down. This is why the North had already won to the extent of Lincoln’s conservative political stands. “Having taken an oath to preserve and defend the Constitution, which protected slavery, “I did not consider that I had a right to touch the ‘State’ institution of ‘Slavery’ until all other measures for restoring the Union had failed….”” (Who Freed The Slaves, pg 203) The attrition strategy was halted with the mental conversion of the war being a moral war and the internal divisions in the South would finally clinch victory for the North. However all other advantages were possessed by the North and therefore the North had won the Civil War before it began to the extent of Lincoln’s conservative political stands.
Was the emancipation proclamation more a military tactic rather than based-feelings towards the slaves? Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 during the civil war, as main goal to win the war. Some historians argued that it was based on feelings towards slaves because not only it freed slaves in the South; it was also a huge step for the real abolition of slavery in the United States. While other historians argued that it was a military tactic because it strengthened the Union army, because the emancipated slaves were joining the Union thus providing a larger manpower than the Confederacy . The Emancipation Proclamation emancipated slaves only in the Confederacy and did not apply to the Border-states and the Union states.
The Civil War performances on the United States lead to an incredible outcome. The Civil War helped create the country we live in today. From 1861- 1865 was an outstretched of intensity for the nation. Two unanswered questions that the Revolution left behind were answered by the Civil War. In 1860 when Abraham Lincoln won the presidency, he pledge with his admirable strong voice to keep slavery out of territories.
The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people” . Adam basically means that everyone was thinking about the revolution and in their minds they were already there, wanting to break free from the British rule. Once everyone was against England the people were ready for war. The American Revolution started for many reasons, some of the few are; social, economic, and political changes. These changes provided America to be an independent country with its own government.
In his speech, Lincoln explained that our nation was fighting the Civil War to see if we would survive as a country. Although his initial intensions of the Civil War were to maintain the Union of our country, in the end the Civil War focused on ending slavery. It is this focus that is believed to have been the reason for his assassination. Works Cited http://www.history.com/topics/abraham-lincoln-assassination http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-wilkes-booth-shoots-abraham-lincoln http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2967.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h1549.html http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln87.html http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/24242