Dbq-Apush Blacks Contribution to Civil War

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The civil war began in 1961 and was sparked by many reasons which include slavery and a book named Uncle Tom’s cabin. Many believe that the war was fought over freedom, freedom of the slaves, this, however, was not the case. The war was essentially fought in order to preserve what they had, the south fought to preserve their beliefs and way of life while the north fought to preserve the union. However, the eager and willing compliance of African Americans throughout the civil war led to a signification alteration in the war goals. Therefore a later contribution to the new culture and politics that followed.

In his report to the secretary of war Major General Benjamin F. Butler asks “are they free and if so what do I do with them.” (Doc A). Before the war started slavery was not the main issue it was merely the fuel that fed the flames. The south believed that the union had no right to interfere on their states and that they could not change their way of life and abolish slavery, but Once the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln slavery became the main issue of the war. This proclamation stated that all slave in the south were now free, angering the south and giving a new reason to fuel their war efforts. The now free slaves decided to help the war effort by joining in the union army as servants, cooks, and soldiers. The longer that the war dragged on the more the union found the usefulness of the African Americans. Little by little the course of the war began to shift due to the heart and dedication of African Americans who refused to leave their land and become slaves once again. The resolution of African Americans, when Lincoln addressed the now 1 million free men and addressed them to leave this land they refused and in seeing this Lincoln saw that the call of our suffering country was to loud and imperative to be unneeded and thus made the abolition of slavery a primary goal. (Doc B). By putting themselves into the war, African...
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