The Other Side of the Enmancipation Proclamation Essay

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Current modernists attempted progress from the terrible prejudice toward African Americans, however traditionalists prevented the new movement of equality for blacks. Many people are influenced by previous experiences and expect situations to continue on endlessly without change, similarly F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “ So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”( Fitzgerald). In deeper meaning this quote means that as humans we are constantly trying to relive what has already happened, and if we try a little harder or run a little faster events might have had a different outcome. I believe this a major point of differentiation between modernists and traditionalists in the south. Throughout history wealth …show more content…
Current modernists attempted progress from the terrible prejudice toward African Americans, however traditionalists prevented the new movement of equality for blacks. Many people are influenced by previous experiences and expect situations to continue on endlessly without change, similarly F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “ So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”( Fitzgerald). In deeper meaning this quote means that as humans we are constantly trying to relive what has already happened, and if we try a little harder or run a little faster events might have had a different outcome. I believe this a major point of differentiation between modernists and traditionalists in the south. Throughout history wealth was defined by the amount of slaves one owned, the more slaves you had the richer you were. However, during the 1860s during the presidency of Lincoln, slavery was abolished and times changed in the united states. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free.”(Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863; Presidential Proclamations, 1791-1991; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives.) Plantation farmers in the south were infuriated by the new law and seceded from the united states and made a confederacy, which brought about the civil war. Despite inclusive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways.