Essay about Frederick Douglass And The Civil War

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Fredrick Douglass initially scorned both political parties of his time, the Democrats and Republicans, for being too pro-slavery and compromising too regularly on issues of slavery. From Lincoln 's early presidency, Douglass criticized Lincoln before the emancipation proclamation, stating "Whoever live through the next four years will see Mr. Lincoln and his Administration attacked more bitterly for their pro-slavery truckling, than for doing any anti-slavery work." Instead of compromise, Douglass believed that the Republican Party would have to transform from an anti-slavery party into a fully abolitionist institution. Although Fredrick Douglass believed himself to be separate from the Republicans because of their more moderate views, he was ultimately forced to join their ranks as they slowly shifted to support his views, as exemplified by his influence over the issue of the colored troops. The history of the colored troops began with the Massachusetts 54th, the first officially colored regiment during the Civil War. By the middle of the Civil war, it was believed that 186,017 black men had accepted President Lincoln 's call to arms, with an additional 92,676 men serving integrated regiments. General Stanton found that they were good soldiers, and immediately sent word to Douglass to enlist him as a recruiter. Douglass complied, producing manuscripts like "Why a Colored Man Should Enlist", urging colored men into the army based on nine points he believed would help…

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