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.
Did the North Win the Civil War before it Began? I agree with the idea that the North had won the Civil War before it began to the extent of Lincoln’s conservative political stands. Trying to receive the favor of the South while winning in the North would require Lincoln to take neutral stands in heated political issues like slavery. It wasn’t really wan by the North until he broke away from these stands to enact the Emancipation Proclamation and turn the tides of war in favor of the North. “This Lincoln always publicly condemned the abolitionists who fought slavery by extra constitutional means – and condemned also the mobs who deprived them of their right of free speech and free press.” (Holfstadter, Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth) Other than that, the North had the upper hand in nearly all aspects that really mattered in times of war.
It became imperative that the slave trade collapsed. However, while this factor would have influenced President Lincoln considerably, a more pressing concern was to prevent European intervention. Any such interference would have evened out the enormous disparity between North and South, dragging the North into a lengthier and costlier conflict. More significant than this, though, was Lincoln’s need to justify the sacrifices already incurred by the Union forces. To do this, Lincoln used the Emancipation Proclamation to turn the Civil War into a crusade: both for America, and for God.
But it is true that maybe both parts could have looked out for the benefits of the people as a whole instead of their personal benefits. Lincoln principal positive effect on the civil war was actually before and during the war when Lincoln’s government had many attempts to prevent the confrontation, and when this one began he took the right decisions to win the war. One of the biggest effects on the civil war was the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which gave the slaves their liberty. Many would agree is that Abraham’s Lincoln effect on the civil war was positive but Lincoln made many mistakes or misjudgments during the war as well. Perhaps the biggest mistake Lincoln did was underestimating the South what caused many unnecessary deaths.
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. With its new stated purpose, the Civil War would now have huge societal repercussions. The largest and most complex issue of Reconstruction was how to go about admitting the Confederate states back into the Union. President Lincoln’s plans were quite lenient, accepting the seceded states back into the Union even if by vote only a minority of a state’s white males took an oath of loyalty to the United States. However, John Wilkes Booth assassinated him before any of his plans could go into action.
The Civil War did many things to the United States, good and poor. President Abraham Lincoln says that, the Civil War was "a new birth of freedom." The Civil War was a fight that the South started, by wanting to succeed from the United States. The South wanted to succeed because they thought that they needed slavery, and the United States was close to banning slavery. The North wanted slaves to be free, the South on the other hand wanted slaves.
The Battle of Antietam is a significant piece of history that not only allowed the Emancipation Proclamation for freeing slaves but it also brought a huge victory win to Abraham Lincoln. The Battle of Antietam was significant to the United States for many reasons. One of the reasons why the battle was so significant was because Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection for president in 1864. Lincoln at the time knew that if he went into battle that he was for sure not to lose his presidency seat, but he was also afraid of what the outcome might bring him. Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward had made a suggestion at the cabinet meeting that was held that Abraham should wait for a Union victory from the battle.
They even elected their own president, Jefferson Davis. Jefferson Davis wanted to secede from the Union peacefully, but the problem of federal property arose. Forts were federal property, but the South would not give them up easily. Since the Harpers Ferry raid, Southern states began to prepare for battle knowing that there was much tension between the North and South. They saw that the North would do anything to get rid of slavery.
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.
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.