Ann Phillips, Ayesha Farooq
U.S. History Honors
Civil War Project Essay
2. How/why/to what extent is the topic significant to the Civil War or today?
“That all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are and henceforward shall be free” (The Emancipation Proclamation). Abraham Lincoln declared this statement on January 1, 1863, which changed the course of history and paved the freedom for African Americans. The Civil War was between the Union and the Confederates. The Civil War was fought to preserve the Union. Eventually it turned the focus of the war to slavery. As a result, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation of Proclamation which led to the freedom of slaves and allowed blacks to join the army. This changed the world today because it allowed the freedom of many African Americans. The Americans accepted the Blacks gradually and even elected one of them as the president. Without the proclamation, there would have been continuous wars, revolts between the North and the South for many years and they would have been a divided country. Additionally, colored slaves would be still present in our society today. The Emancipation Proclamation is extremely significant to the Civil War because it prevented foreign interference, allowed Blacks to join the army, and
turned the focus of the war to slavery which provided a moral argument for the Union.
The Emancipation Proclamation played a huge role in preventing any foreign interference in the Civil War. Since the North changed main aim of the war to the abolition of slavery, it prevented any type of foreign interference into the Civil War because they were against slavery. For example, according to the Civil War Trust Newsletter, it states, “However, many Europeans were against slavery. Although some in the United Kingdom saw the Emancipation Proclamation as overly limited and reckless, Lincoln’s directive reinforced the shift of the international political mood against intervention while the Union victory at Antietam further disturbed those who didn’t want to intervene on the side of a lost cause” (¨ 10 Facts about the Emancipation
). Clearly, this proves that the Europeans were not in favor of slavery, so they did not want to join the side of the Confederates. This prevented the Europeans from getting on the Southern side which paved the way for winning the war. Although, Britain and France wanted to support the Confederates, they did not due to slavery. This also prevented the Confederates from gaining any recognitions from the European heads of state. Another example is that when the Proclamation stated that the North was fighting the South to abolish slavery, this led to the South to fight against slavery. Since the Europeans had abolished slavery they could not support the South. If the government supported the South, the European Citizens would have caused a lot of protests since they were strongly against slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation was significant to the Civil War because it prevented any foreign nation from interfering into the Civil War which reduced the chances of winning for the South The Emancipation Proclamation led to the preservation of the Union, however it turned the focus of the war to slavery which provided a moral argument for the Union. The war was fought to make the Union united and remain undivided. However, Abraham Lincoln issued the
Emancipation Proclamation and declared that they were fighting against slavery. For instance, he declared, “And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God” (The Emancipation Proclamation). This proves that the war was fought for the abolition of slavery. This was transformed from the preservation of the Union ...
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