Black Americans And The Civil War Essay

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America was two years into the Civil War, battles going back and forth and many causalities to go along with it. In the beginning of the Civil War northerners refused black volunteers soldiers in battle. As the causalities rose it pressured to allow the blacks to partake in the war. Once Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 black started to get recruited to join the Union army. Fredrick Douglass called out in harsh detail why black Americans should enlist in the army. Ultimately leading to the first black regiment in Massachusetts. We will see the impact of the message it had on the soldiers and see what persuaded them. His words led to the enlistment of many black soldiers. Fredrick Douglass knew since the start of the war that this war was not going to be fought by whites only. Douglass said “A war undertaken and brazenly carried on for the perpetual enslavement of colored men, called logically and loudly for color men to help suppress it”. One reason Douglass said that blacks should enlist is because they’re a man and a man knows right from wrong. The right is to come to the North help. Douglass knew that in order to be respected amongst the white men that these black men needed to go enlist and fight for the Union army. He also thought by enlisting into the army that after the war was over that they would be placing a question on black citizenship on a national agenda.
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