A Brief Note On The Civil War And The Beginning Of Reconstruction

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Vincent Vincent Afro American 133 Professor Toussaint Losier 10 March 2016 Midterm Exam Essay 1. Emancipation is now viewed as a process rather than a single act. Describe this process from the beginning of the Civil War to the beginning of Reconstruction. Who were the major players and what were their contributions to Emancipation? In particular, how did African Americans, both enslaved and free, push forward this process of emancipation? Introduction - Emancipation in General The election of President Abraham Lincoln on November 6, 1860, was seen as a new fresh air for most African American people back then. The emancipation proclamation was then declared on January 1, 1863 by President Lincoln in Washington D.C. President Lincoln in…show more content…
Border states were supporting slaveries at the time and that was why slavery became an unavoidable issue along with the Civil War. Civil War The Civil War officially started on April 12, 1861, when the confederate troops attacked federal garrison at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Three days later on April 15, President Lincoln issued proclamation calling for troops to put down the rebellion. Generally, slavery was the primal cause of the civil war as Frederick Douglas said in the McPherson’s book, “The simple way, then, to put an end to the savage and desolating war now waged by the slaveholders, is to strike down slavery itself, the primal cause of that war.” Generally, the Civil War was caused from the different views of slavery between the North and South. Later on, Southern states decided to secede and caused many slaves to escape from South to North, which then triggered the war even worse. In the beginning of the war, North was not really agree with the idea of African American people fighting in the war. However, it came to a point where the North was lack of soldiers and powers. The decision to include African American to the troops then was inevitable. While the majority of black troops in the South were slave, in the North, the black troops were free blacks. In fact, the presence of African American did change the war map. Black troops proved their determination and willingness to fight in the war, which was reflected from the Massachusetts 54th and 55th
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