What Led to the Civil War

Satisfactory Essays
Sydney Winston
AP English III
1st Period

During the 1800’s, slavery in America became a bigger and bigger issue and discussion. The North opposed slavery and thought everything about it was wrong. Whereas the South felt slavery was an essential part of their lives, and that without it they would not survive. In April of 1861, during the first month of the Civil War Alfred M. Green delivered a speech to his fellow African Americans to join the Union forces of the North. Green uses allusions in his speech to help persuade his fellow African Americans to join the Union forces.
Green felt that if anyone should be fighting in a war for freedom from slavery, it should be African Americans. He states, “My country, right or wrong, I love thee still!” Meaning regardless how wrong the South’s actions were or could be at times, Green and his people would still love them and fight for what was right.
African Americans needed the extra boost of confidence, and Green was just that. He says, “Let us, take up the sword, trusting in God, who will defend the right…” By bringing in this statement of faith this made the tone more comfortable and reassuring, as if God was on his side, and would do the right thing in the end.
The passion and drive of Green would overall have a great impact on African Americans. Green says, “Remember, too, that your very presence among the troops of the North would inspire your oppressed brethren of the South…living God the God of truth, justice and equality to all men.” This created a new confidence for the North and slaves that wanted to make a difference in how they were being treated.
Given these points, Green uses personal experiences and emotion to help

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    What events led to the Civil War? During the Revolutionary Era from 1765-1815, slavery existed in thirteen colonies. Maryland went from white servants to slaves. There was an agricultural economy that existed in the South that was dependent on the labor of slaves. Although slavery did not exist in the North exclusively; New York, Philadelphia, and New England were involved in the trade of slaves; so although the South was exclusively using slaves as an economic gain, the North also had financial…

    • 2142 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Tennessee and Virginia, followed by Texas later. The Confederate States left the United States and took control of the military installations, ports and other properties of the Union within the confines of the Confederation, thus triggering the American Civil War. Probably two were the root causes of secession: Republican intent to restrict and even eliminate slavery; on the other hand, the great limitations of political power of the States of the Union with regard to the ownership of…

    • 346 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Events Leading Up to the Civil War Conflicts widened between the North and the South as two sides collided in every event before the Civil War. The North and the South were very different in many ways. They were known as two different countries because of their cultural and economic differences. The disagreements between the North and the South aggravated the separation that was soon to follow. When the North gained the control of the government, the South seceded. The North was industrialized…

    • 715 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Road to the Revoluti6th periodAddisen MooreParagraph Number One: Introduction Have you ever wondered what events led to the Revolutionary War? Do you know why the Revolutionary War occurred? The Revolutionary War occurred because of a series of fighting & wars. The following events led to the Revolutionary War : The Navigation Acts of 1660, The French & Indian War, Pontiac’s Rebellion, Proclamation of 1763, The Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Declaratory Act of 1766, Townshend Act, Boston…

    • 1186 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Yes, I feel the Cold War was a clash of national interests. It was a clash between the capitalists and the communists, who were the Soviet Union, ran by Joseph Stalin and the United States ran by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Neither country was worried about the countries' ideology as much as they were worried about how to run the country. The United States wants to run its country the capitalist way and the Soviet Union wants to run its country the communist way. The United States wants the Soviet…

    • 482 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Research and analyze the key historical steps that have lead to the transformation of the Cold War Internet to the modern day age of Internet communication. Unlike Technologies like the light bulb or even the telephone, no one singly invented the internet. It has evolved over time. The internet got its start in the United States more than 50 years ago as a government weapon in the Cold War. For years, scientist and researchers used it to talk and share data with one another. Today, we seem…

    • 618 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The Causes of the Civil War Through the antebellum period, The United States was not at war, but tensions continued to dominate the country. The north and the south relentlessly pressured each other over the issue of slavery. In 1860, South Carolina succeeded from the United states and the Civil War had begun. Although states right indirectly led to the succession of the Confederate States of America, slavery was the largest cause of the war as it was the greatest contributor to sectionalism, followed…

    • 926 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Many events led to the cause of the civil war. Many of these include Fort Sumter, John Brown's attack on Harper's Ferry, and slavery. These events are just some reasons that caused the civil war. Fort Sumter was a Union base in South Carolina. With low on resources and Confederates telling the Union men to surrender, one of the commanders lettered to Lincoln that they need supplies. Lincoln hearing this sent supplies but not guns and ammunition. There the confederates took over Fort Sumter. With…

    • 246 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    What Caused The Civil War? There were many different contributing factors to the start of The Civil War. Five of these causes were the Northwest Ordinance and Missouri Compromise, John Brown’s raid, The 1850 Compromise, The Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the constant conflict between the North and South. The Northwest Ordinance said the there could be no slavery in states north of the Ohio River, however slave holders moved west to new states. This then led to the Missouri Compromise which said no slave…

    • 279 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    What Caused the Civil War

    • 957 Words
    • 4 Pages

    What Caused the Civil War? In April 1861, the United States of America went to war. They did not go to war with a foreign power, because of a border dispute, and they did not go to war with the native people because of their hunger for more land. No, this would be a war among themselves, north against south, brother against brother, and in some instances even father against son. In the four long and bloody years that this war lasted more than 600,000 of these brothers, fathers, and sons would…

    • 957 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays