Differences Of The Union And The Confederacy

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When discussed, the United States Civil War alludes to the two parties at war, the Union and the Confederacy. The United States Confederacy formed in 1861 upon the secession of multiple Southern states from the United States Union. The United States Union remained to be complied of states that had not seceded from the Union in 1861. The Confederacy operated under a similar constitution as the Union to the north did. However, many important differences are noticeable in the national document. One of these notable differences is the allowance for slavery in Confederate states. While the southern states permitted slavery within the region, the northern states were able to maintain a greater population throughout the 1860s giving both the Union …show more content…
The Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaves within the Confederate states. In addition to freeing slaves from the states in rebellion, it also allowed freed African Americans to join the United States military. The Union and the Confederacy were both affected by the Emancipation Proclamation in different ways. For the Confederacy, many slaves were lost on plantations once they were freed. This made it especially difficult for those men who entered the military and left their plantations in the hands of their families and slaves. As Lincoln had stated in the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), the government was to “recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons” freed by the decree meaning that all freed African Americans were to be recognized as American citizens since they were not recognized as such before. While recently free African Americans were able to remain in the South, many migrated to the North to begin a new life. As many left plantations in the South, both the Confederate army and the Union army gained numerous amounts of freed African Americans on the battlefield. The Union gained more African Americans than the Confederacy did giving the North a greater advantage that eventually led to its victory of the war. However, while the northern states gained many troops as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation, many white men were not fighting for the rights of freed African Americans but for the preservation of the Union. The joining of freed African Americans created a moral crusade for the North. This fueled the Civil War beyond just slavery. Many began to fight for the freedom of the newly free slaves while free African Americans fought for his own freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation, while it seemed like a clever solution for the Civil War, both

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