The Civil War : The Impacts Of Abraham Lincoln And Frederick Douglass

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The Civil War was impactful to the United States, influencing decisions made by Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. What was most influential was the issues of slavery and secession. To each of them, the Civil War meant something different; Frederick Douglass believes that the Civil War signified the emancipation of slaves and showing their American Citizenship. Lincoln believes that the Civil War was meant to preserve and restore the union.
Before the Civil War, issues of slavery and secession arose in the United States. After the Compromise of 1850, abolitionists, such as Frederick Douglass, were a key aspect in keeping the issue of slavery a controversial topic (Montoya, et al., 350) . Because of this, the United States started to divide itself into the Union and Confederacy, which led to the crisis of secession. In December 1860, shortly after Lincoln was elected as president, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union (Montoya, et al., 361) . By February of 1861, six other states seceded from the Union (Montoya, el al., 361) . This caused confliction and separation in the United States with the Union and Confederacy. With this divide, the Civil War begun and both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass both had different responses on the meaning of this war. Even though Abraham Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation during the war, he did not believe that slavery was the purpose to get involved in the Civil War; Lincolns motive, before the war,
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