Just like these two there were many people who did not even like that there was a war in the first place but there was really no choice. Lincoln at one point did not even feel that he was capable enough of completely getting rid of slavery because he knew that it would cause problems in the future. He knew that abolishing slavery would turn the north and south against each other even more than it already had. (Pederson, Estell, & Kenneth, 1994). Just because he did not immediately take advantage of his position, probably do what any other would do today, and abolish slavery does not mean he supported it.
The fear of slave rebellion distracted both the Southern slaveholder and the Northern invader. The Confederate government never used them as soldiers, but it did make them go into labor brigades to build fortifications, dig latrines, and haul supplies. As the war went on, Southern manpower shortages became more of a problem. Slaves quickly took advantage of the situation, slowing down their pace of labor and not following orders, The South imposed a Cotton embargo and many Southerners believed they could persuade European intervention in the war by refusing to grow or give
The North also had more able bodied men than the south allowing it to raise a larger and better equipped army, if not as well a trained army. A larger army, trade, and manufacturing all contributed to the Union’s overwhelming military victory in the civil war. Politically President Lincoln said that he was only going to war to save the Union. President Lincoln believed that the United States Constitution did not give him the power to free slaves, it did give him power to preserve the Union. He only issued the Emancipation Proclamation
So, there were not enough people to fight for the South in the War. Although the South had excellent commanders like Lee, it lacked the number of factories and industries in order to produce the needed War materials. Therefore, the North won the American Civil War because of their strong economy, their superiority in military and political leadership, the Confederate’s loss of will to win the War, South’s failure to use the resources properly, and some strategies that were formulated by North’s commanders to defeat the South. The secession of the South from the Union led the Civil War between these two brotherly states. Lincoln’s election as a president in 1860 triggered the Southerners decision to secede believing that Lincoln would restrict their rights to own slaves.
When we look back at our history, it is easy to assume that because Abe Lincoln ended slavery, that he was a “negro lover.” Also, when we look back at history, we avoid the negatives and focus on the positives. Lincoln was a great president and was successful at ending slavery, but he had some pitfalls as well. Abe Lincoln was anti-slavery and he made that clear, but he was anti-blacks as well. He felt they were not educated enough to have a say in political views which meant they should not be able to vote or have any say in our politics. He felt they should have the same economic status meaning they should have the right to work and make money as well as a living for their family.
Morphing America: Straying from the Founding Principles By international comparison, America is arguably the gold standard for what all aspiring nations should try to achieve in terms of liberty and personal prosperity. However, if the founders were able to weigh and measure our progress since the inception of their grand design, our present system of governance, along with its predecessors would certainly fall well short of the superior standards they evinced. Now, it is obvious that these men have long been absent from the likes of the living so it is relatively impossible to ascertain how they would literally judge our present society, but their wishes are well documented in history and sufficiently afford us with the ability to judge
US industry grew very quickly, due to the protection provided by the highest tariffs in the world. Because of this, the Northern capitalist class was a very strong supporter of tariffs. But the big Southern landowners had always opposed tariffs, because they had no industry, and their agriculture-based economy required the export of cheap agricultural products to Europe, and the importing of cheap equipment and inputs from Europe. Northern capitalists thus supported the Southern antiracists because the Southern antiracists were the enemies of the anti-tariff big Southern landowners, and were creating a political movement that was not under their control. If blacks could vote, and could thus prevent the reassertion of big Southern landowner power, which had always been the real force behind Southern racist politics, this would help to protect the tariff from the Southern landowners and their political forces.
Assess the view that divided leadership was the most important factor in preventing the advancement of African-American civil rights between 1865-1914 After the end of the civil war, there was much optimism amongst African-Americans that they would finally have civil rights after decades of slavery in the South. However, there were many problems facing the advancement of civil rights for blacks. Firstly, people in the south were still very hostile towards them as they still saw them as slaves. Also, segregation was a key issue because it highlighted the fact that there was no equality between blacks and whites. The failure of a common goal between African-American leaders did not help solve these issues, but it was not the main problem facing blacks and was not the most important factor preventing advancement of civil rights.
After president Abraham Lincoln died and the failure of President Johnson, Congress tried to take responsibility of the plans to reconstruct the divided nation that they had before. The main point of reconstructing was to start and protect the citizenship rights of the freedmen. The Southerners were not happy about loosing their slaves and having rights equal to the slaves they used to own as property because of the freedmen’s. They did not want to receive the fact that the freedmen were now men, not just property and that their property was now their equal. The Southerners got up and were angry about the freedmen Congress that had to find a way to protect their rights.
Years of frustration is what caused the eventual succession. Since the American Revolution, the topic of slavery was present in the minds of important men in both northern and southern states. The institution of slavery was allowed to continue in the United States, but it was when the Union started to expand that much of the frustration began. The government had passed regulations banning the spread of slavery into these new territories, and many southern states were outraged to the point where South Carolina threatened to succeed from the Union in 1821. Southern states believed that their way of life was being infringed, meaning that slavery was an important institution for their mainly agricultural based economy.