New policies such as the Free Soil Appeal angered southerners because it limited the southern power in the federal government and sought to bar slavery in the new western territory. Slavery became very important in the south due to the expansion of farming lands plus an increase in the demand for cotton. This required the need for free labor or slave labor in order for the southerners to be able to afford such vast expansions. When considering all of the factors that caused the civil war Lincoln is only responsible for that cause in the event that he was elected President. There were many other causes that steered the country into a civil war including the fight between slave holding and non-slave states, the dispute between state versus federal rights, and economical and social differences between the two divisions none of which were Lincoln’s fault.
Final Paper and Timeline Lisa M. Mech September 17, 2011 His-115 U.S. History to 1865 Erica J. Moore 1. On February 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln was born. Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States serving from March 1816 till his assassination in 1865. He led the country thought what was called the great constitutional, military, and moral crisis. The American Civil War was there to preserve the Union and ending era of slavery and also promoting economic and financial modernization (Wikipedia, 2011).
As you can see, one great man who led is responsible for the ending of slavery and getting us through the civil war is Mr. Abraham Lincoln. The 16th president of the United States wasn’t always liked when he was alive yet, he did great things for our country. Now he is considered one of the greatest presidents we have every
William Seward was a leading anti-slavery figure who later became secretary of state in the Lincoln administration. He believed that the two systems held by the North and the South (free labour and slavery) were “incompatible”. He stated that eventually America would have to become either fully a free labour nation or a slaveholding nation. While not everyone felt so strongly about this in the North (many didn’t care about the slavery issue at all) it was a reason that soldiers and leaders on either side went to war and fought for (in the North to end it, in the South to defend it). Lincoln was of the opinion that while he would never accept the extension of slavery he would make no direct attempt to interfere with it where it existed.
When the slave owner found about this he strongly disapproved, because he thought that if the slaves learn to then the slaves would want to escape. Still, Douglass taught himself how to read in secret and eventually taught other slave how to read the Bible. Here, he understood where and why inequality within the US was thriving. Free labor brought profits for southern plantation owners and the ideology that “non-whites” were considered not to be equal. “Frederick Douglass was the most important African American leader and intellectual of the nineteenth century.
We are taught to blame slavery on the Southern states but we learned that the Northern states were just as responsible due to their lack of action, fear of the results due to abolishment, and most importantly their double standard on the stance of slavery. Professor Nash gives us and insightful view from the eyes of free blacks and their contribution in the fight for freedom and equality of African Americans. This book has given me an insight of our history of slavery that I was unaware of, people involved and events that took place. The struggle for equality that we have in our country now is evident that it stem from our past. Using these events we can understand ourselves and continue to build a stable and free America which our forefathers based their fight for liberty and freedom from England and strengthen the words written within our Constitution that establish freedom and equality for “ALL
Lesson 2 Journal Entry Objective 1 1. I would guess the main causes of the Civil War would be the issue of slavery and the opposing views of each section of the United States. Since Northerners were beginning to oppose slavery, the South saw that as a threat to their economy. While the North embraced change, the South wanted to continue the static lifestyle. These causes ultimately led to the Civil War, which was a turning point in American history because of its radical results.
As James Weldon Johnson accounts in his chronicle, “Dairy of an Ex Colored Man” Johnson describes acts of hate and violence toward African Americans. Many thought Blacks inferior and urged they could not and will never become civilized; “you freed nigger and you gave him a ballot, but you couldn’t make a citizen out of him.”(75) Johnson lived first hand in a society Griffith wished to enforce and even proliferate. His testimony shows that what Griffith believed was the solution to a “black problem” was already in practice. But more than that, Johnson knew that this was not an issue of Black vs. White in the protection of a righteous civilization. He argued that “modern civilization hit ignorance of the masses through the means of popular education.
Although he thought he was not qualified, in 1860 the Republican Party bitch nominated Lincoln for as the candidate for US presidency. He became known as the “rail splitter,” and by his inaugural address on March 4, 1861 6 states had already left the Union. When Major Anderson surrendered at Fort Sumter, the Civil War
Many American citizens in the North and the South were unhappy with the way that the government had handled the issue of Kansas. This is an example of how people fought over slavery before the Civil War began. The possibility of the expansion of slavery in the US was not limited to the continent. In the same year as the conflict in Kansas a document was written by American officials which sought to gain the colony of Cuba from the Spanish through either diplomatic or forceful negotiations. The Ostend Manifesto was supported by many in the South because they knew that if Cuba were to join the union it would become a slave state and many in the North feared that there was a risk of war with Spain did not wish to see the slave states gain any power in