Primary Anaylsis #1 - Genifer Sibbald Professor Kim Hist...

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Genifer SibbaldProfessor KimHist 271 Mon 7 p.m.February 16, 2015Primary Source Analysis # 1Through the U.S. law men and women are granted equal human rights. Throughout American history this has not necessarily been true. The constitution originally only gave men freedom and rights. The Civil War marks the beginning of when women of all races began to fight for equality and freedom. Through historical documents we are able to see how the lives of women were affected by the Civil War and Reconstruction during the 1800’s. Women during thistime period were unequal to men and did not have the freedom or rights that they wanted. I will be analyzing the hardships women dealt with after the Civil War and their fight to gain equal human rights and freedom in the United States.In 1865 the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy was over and the union succeeded in ending slavery and to preserve the Union. Once the war was over, the United Statesbegan to go through a process of Reconstruction. With the Civil War over and the Reconstructionphase occurring, the lives of all American’s were greatly affected, especially the lives of women. Immediately after the war was over, women were demanding Universal Suffrage in the United States. In 1866 one lady wrote a petition to the Senate and House of Representatives requesting equality of human rights between men and women. In this document, she stated that “The experience of all ages, the Declaration of the Fathers, the Statute Laws of our own day and the

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