Slavery In The Beginning Of The American Civil War

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The American Civil War started to progress in 1861 when tension aroused from Northerners and Southerners. Many believe the war was just about slavery but it was also about states’ rights and also things such as westward expansion. Slavery was the biggest issue basically though which is why most think of the Civil War as being the war fought to end slavery in the US. Many things led up to tension boiling over in the US such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott Case, and when John Brown raided Harper’s Ferry.Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860 he was a republican but he was against slavery which caused a full out meltdown of the US. Several southern states seceded from the Union after his election and led to them forming the Confederate States …show more content…
A lot of the states in the south also suffered severe damages. The start of the Civil War really shifted the future of the American Nation. Many slaves escaped the south during the start of the war. The Union generals’ created abolitionist policies in the Southern states that they took control of. Slaves and the little amount of blacks who were free also fought in the war on both sides. The South promised the slaves that they would be free if they helped them win the war which was a lie. The slaves who escaped the south and ones who were free fought for the Union. The war didn’t help those who were already enslaved it actually made it worse because the slave masters were threatening them even more since they felt some sense of hope.They also gave them false hope by convincing them that fighting for the South and helping them win would get them their freedom. This war effected everyone in reality, I don’t believe you say it hurt anyone more than other since it was a Civil …show more content…
After the war I know things didn’t get better for African Americans because we still were scrutinized and punished for no reason. Yes, slavery was gone but they found other ways to try and put fear into us such as the forming of the Ku Klux Klan. Many of our people were lynched for no reason. We even have the famous incident of Emmit Till who was basically tortured to death for reportedly whistling at a white woman. Many things really didn’t change for us after the war further on in our history here in the US. African Americans dealt with racism and segregation and still do to this day only difference is that it’s not as known now like it was back then. Even today we still go through things such as cops killing blacks who are harmless. Our people still face things that we fought to overcome many years ago and it’s sad. We still have no power and no respect for the most part. Donald Trump who is currently running for president of the US openly discusses his dislike for basically all minorities. The crazy part about that situation is that he as many followers who agree with the things that he says. People were scared to share their feelings and he clearly wasn’t afraid to say how he felt. He just showed us how people really feel about us.There are many people like him in the US who have no respect for any minorities not just blacks. Life in the US is a struggle for most minorities

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