Emancipation Importance

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Emancipation is the essential freedom from slavery, and was the crucial process for American Americans to abandon their metaphorical, and, in some instances, physical chains which bound them to a lifetime of servitude and injustice in the American South. Although often viewed as a single and solitary act simply ordered on federal terms, emancipation as a whole was a collective entity of efforts by many during the period of the beginning of the American Civil War, 1861 to the beginning of Reconstruction, 1865. The beginning of the American Civil War, according to President Abraham Lincoln, was not centered around the idea of slavery and henceforth its emancipation. However, the Confederacy proved powerful because of the resources and labor due …show more content…
The Emancipation Proclamation, which thus was put into effect, essentially freed no slaves itself as written order, but served as a basis that Union victory ensured freedom. The Proclamation also gave Lincoln a large role in the freedom of African Americans; he exclusively had the Federal power to give such basis for the Union, while other key players had the power to enact and preserve such …show more content…
Most famously, The Massachusetts 54th regiment, a black regiment, fought nobly against Confederate troops under the command of Robert Shaw and suffered a terrible loss at Fort Wagner, which ultimately proved the valor and for some, reversed the subservient stereotype which African American troops were previously held. For African Americans, serving in the Army also signified emancipation in the power which they now held. For example, a member of Rhode Island’s 14th Infantry stated, “But for once in his life, your humble correspondent walked fearlessly and boldly throughout the streets if a southern city” (McPherson 214). Essentially, the idea of everlasting freedom and liberty was enough to motivate African American soldiers in a way that white soldiers, who were already freed, could not be motivated. Having African American men as soldiers also inspired enslaved men down South to escape to Union territory in order to participate in the quest for their

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