As Mr. Douglass stated in the October 1862 issue of his newspaper, “The effect of this paper...changes the character of the war in European eyes and gives it an important principle...instead of national pride and interest” (Dudley 167). This quote shows that the Emancipation Proclamation would open the eyes of European nations and show them that the Union and Confederacy are not fighting because they had a simple disagreement and are being petty, but rather that they are passionately fighting for what they each believe to be righteous. Changing the views of a foreign nation is not something that could be done with a “worthless act” that people like Mr. Vallandigham believed the Emancipation Proclamation to be. Another statement made by Mr. Douglass goes to show how the Proclamation would have affected the war greatly. As Mr. Douglass states, “It will disarm all purpose on the part of European Government to intervene in favor of the rebels and thus cast off... one source of rebel power” (Dudley 167). Mr. Vallandigham then states in his speech however that “Of what possible avail was his proclamation of September? Did the South submit? Was she even alarmed?” (Dudley 169). One should see that Mr. Douglass’ statement disproves Mr. Vallandigham’s because the South would indeed be alarmed by the Proclamation due to its
When the Civil War began in 1861, the issue of slavery was not the central focus of the war effort on the side of the Union. While it was still important to many in the North, the main war aim of the Union side was to preserve the Union and make sure it remained intact. As the war dragged on and more soldiers died on both sides, Lincoln realized he would need to entirely cripple the already weak Confederate economy, and he did this by making the Emancipation Proclamation, which became effective January 1, 1863. This executive order stated that all slaves in states currently in open rebellion against the United States were free from slavery. By doing this, he caused African Americans in slave states to cross into Union territory and into
The Emancipation Proclamation was presidential executive order given by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1963. It changed the Federal legal status of enslaved people in the South from slave to free. This proclamation ordered all ten states to free slaves. This proclamation excluded areas not in the rebellion. The reason these areas were excluded is because the proclamation was issued under the president’s authority to suppress rebellion and it was not passed by Congress as a law. The Southern Confederate supporters were given sixty days to surrender their slaves or they would face confiscation of their land and slaves. This proclamation did not ban slavery or grant citizenship to ex-slaves. It was intended to cripple the Confederacy.
Many large beliefs are that the Emancipation Proclamation was set forth to end slavery, which is only partially true. The Proclamation was set forth to undermine the south, which meant disarming the Confederate rebellion and preventing secession. Lincoln's strategic goal for the Proclamation was to remove any financial gain from it's now Southern enemy. With slaves now freed in the South, the war effort was financially at risk. Freed slaves in the South meant funding to supply weapons, uniforms, rations, and supplies were completely at a halt. Lincoln's vision was to break the South from the inside to put a complete halt to the South's secession. Allowing slaves to join the Union army meant an endless supply of troops for the Union. The
The Emancipation Proclamation outraged white Southerners who envisioned a race war. It angered some Northern Democrats, energized anti-slavery forces, and undermined elements in Europe that wanted to intervene to help the Confederacy. The Proclamation lifted the spirits of African Americans both free and slave. It led many slaves to escape from their masters and get to Union lines to obtain their freedom, and to join the Union Army.
Lincoln thought freeing slaves would help him reach his goals to save the Union. Therefor, this led to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although, the Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederate States in America, it was the first step in the final Emancipation of all slaves. It helped the cause of the Civil War, and was close to end slavery permanently. It was the third year into the Civil War, once the form was signed, the number of group soldiers for the Civil War and navy increased. This was because what Lincoln hoped would happen did happen. Although, the liberation of slaves allowed many slaves to volunteer and to fight in the Civil War. At that point the Civil War became a war for freedom. The result of the War was positive. The Union was saved but also the War helped free slaves.
"The havoc of war aroused northern passions for vengeance, and emancipation was the perfect instrument of retribution". (Vorenberg 37).The Emancipation Proclamation only served to free slaves of the southern states at first. However, the Union would have to defeat the Confederate States before it could be enforced. The Emancipation would also allow blacks to serve in the Union Army. By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 blacks served in the U.S. Army making up Nearly 10 percent of the soldiers that served with the Union. We can only speculate as to how the war may have ended had the Confederate Army allowed blacks to serve in
It can be debated where exactly the Union was able to claim its victory during the War Between the States. Most people could narrow the turning point in the war to Gettysburg and Vicksburg. The battle of Gettysburg was a very tragic loss for the South, but the battle at
The proclamation declared that all slaves held by people shall be free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had impacts, it was limited in some ways. For example, the proclamation only applied to the states that were in rebellion, also known as the Confederate states. Another thing, under the proclamation, was the freedom of the slaves would have come if the Union won the war. The Emancipation Proclamation represents a symbol of equality and social
8. How was the Emancipation Proclamation and the Union use of African-American troops a turning point in the civil war? The Emancipation Proclamation serves as a turning point of the war which it enlarges the purpose of the war. It changed military policy and popular sentiment and for the first time Union
During the Civil War President Lincoln announced freeing all enslaved people in the confederate state. As this happened about 4 million people were freed and guaranteed to be treated like whites were treated. The Emancipation Proclamation didn't free any slaves in the Union states, but it was a good
The emancipation proclamation was an order signed by president Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War in attempt to abolish slavery in the ten rebellion states in the confederacy. The order took effect on January 1, 1863 in attempts to free more than 3.5 million slaves in the confederate area where they rebelled against the Union, and to maintain apprehended freedom between the newly freed slaves and the federal government and military. This was a turning point in the Civil war as Abraham lincoln changed the focal point of the war from secession to slavery, which the South [Jefferson Davis] didn’t want to occur, in fear of losing foreign allies, such as anti-slavery Great Britain. The North really increased their chances of
Emancipation Proclamation On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, issued the first, or preliminary, Emancipation Proclamation. In this document he warned that unless the states of the Confederacy returned to the Union by January 1, 1863, he would declare their slaves to be “forever free.”
Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory. Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom. Besides, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.
The Emancipation Proclamation did have a great long-range effect. It gave a new character to the war. It gave the North a new weapon in Negro soldiers. Also in the North, it gave a high moral purpose to the struggle and paved the way for the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment, adopted in December 1865, ended slavery in all parts of the United States.