The Significant Role of African American in the Union Army Frederick Beasley Senior Seminar May 10, 2014 Much of the Civil War centered on African Americans. A large reason as to why the Civil War started was to free the slaves. Many blacks wanted to join the Civil War from the onset of the war. They have several reasons for wanting to join the war. First, they wanted to assist in freeing the slaves in southern states.
How important was the issue of slavery in causing the American Civil war? Due to slavery America was divided into two halves, the North and the South, both had very different and in some cases radical views. Firstly the more industrialised North generally was through and through against slavery as many felt it was immoral but also realised that if you paid your workforce you would increase your means of production and efficiency which helped them become more industrialised. However the south was reluctant to give up their slaves and felt that they were doing the slaves a favour in keeping them, housing them and feeding them. They were like children and would not survive by themselves.
In the second part of the book (47), Freehling explicate the role of the white southerners who were against the Confederation and their role in the Secession Crisis. At that time, Southerners were divided; the Middle South and the Border peoples weren’t so predisposed to Secede. He also explains the event of Fort Sumter in South Carolina (symbolic place of the Independence) which set off the Civil War in April 1861. In the third part of his analyze (83), the author make a point on the role of the Black southerners who opposed the Confederacy and sides White
“Apostles of Disunion” In Apostles of Disunion, Charles Dew attempted to explain what led to the South’s decision to secede and ultimately cause a civil war. The one reoccurring theme he brings up as the major reason for the South’s secession was their widespread pro slavery attitude held at the time. Dew believed that if slavery had not existed, then the civil war would have never occurred. Throughout his writings he showed this Southern pro slavery attitude and used several examples to support this idea. Two of his best used examples were the the popular propaganda speeches made by slave owners in attempt to gain allegiance against the North and the South’s almost hatred of the Republican Party as a whole.
In the Southern states, African Americans were treated as chattel and in their views it was a necessity as it had existed for hundreds of years. The North and South established a vast different view on the political structure on how there states should be governed. Both the North and South wanted different political and economic values that were going to favour in their needs. The Southerners had their beliefs that the individual states had the right to nullify any law the Federal government had decided to pass. In particular, they also believed that individual states had the right to leave the United States and form their own independent country.
The American Civil war To what extent was the American Civil War effective? Melissa Horacek – Year Eleven Modern History Melissa Horacek – Year Eleven Modern History The Civil War, is a war between civilians, began due to the fear of the abolishment of slavery. Its purpose for the South was to continue slavery, while the North fought for the abolishment of slavery. When the United States was established by colonists and a constitution was created, the constitution did not abolish slavery, but incorporated compromises made by the men who crafted it. Some, especially Northerners who didn’t really adopt slavery had little slaves living there, apposed slavery, they were referred to as Abolitionists.
Race Relations after the Civil War 3 The way white Southerners made it difficult on former slaves in the South was to create what was called “Black Codes”. These codes were laws made by southern states to try to ensure their way of life could not be infringed on in the wake of the passing of the 13th amendment which outlawed slavery. Examples of such codes varied from state to state. However, the message was clear to the former slaves that they were still unequal. Examples of these laws are as follows: 1.
Another thing to know is that that in the south slaves were considered as three fifths of a person. The south did this to gain political power by raising their population but by doing this they had to pay a higher tax, that’s why they only considered them as three fifths of a person. A third important fact is that the slave trade was terminated in 1808 after the constitutional convention that was from May 25 to September 17, 1787. People may think the constitution was a good thing, it is but towards slavery it was a bad thing because it supported slavery. Another document that supported slavery was the Bill Of Rights.
After the emancipation of slavery in the 1800’s, African Americans have struggled to be treated with the same equal rights as Europeans. Even with the laws that were pasted to protect African Americans there were states that ignored and created new laws to overturn the laws to protect African Americans. The ignorant of Europeans who denied African Americans the equal rights the laws stated they deserved. African Americans decided to stand up for themselves by developing non violent protest movement to fight for the equal rights of African Americans. ("Civil Rights Movement") Martin Luther King Jr. became the leader of the non violent protest movement in the 1950’s.The development of Martin Luther King Jr. in this era started when an African American woman named Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
In common knowledge this war, fought between the Northern and Southern States of America, was fought over the concept of slavery, and, to some extent, African American Rights. The abolitionists of the North and their supporters wanted the slaves to be freed while the rural farmers and plantation owners of the South were strongly opposed to this idea. It may appear that Southerners opposed to idea of freeing the slaves because of a strong sense of racism or were perhaps clinging on to ideas of the past, in this case Social Darwinism, but would people actually wage war because they’re racist or feel like they’re better than another being (please note that America has had minimal contact with the Middle East at this time)? In actuality, Southerners were opposed to the abolishment of slavery because of its effect on their