Term paper for US Civil War

Term paper for US Civil War - ChiomaBennett USCivilWar

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Chioma Bennett US Civil War Professor Elizabeth Varon April 14, 2010. US Civil War Term Paper Throughout many of the United States of America’s wars, such as the American  Revolution, and the War of 1812, its African American citizens have fought bravely.  Though they suffered discrimination and stigmatization for their complexion,  intelligence, etc, yet, when their country needed them, they were there.  This case was  especially shown in their military action in the Union Army in the US Civil War.  The  African American soldier’s valiant fight for freedom was a success, not only because of  the Union army’s victory and the implementation of the 13 th  and 14 th  amendments, but  even more so because of the change in public opinion of African Americans, due to their  participation in the civil war.  Many African Americans enlisted to fight within the Union army, some even  fleeing the south to aid the North. In  Douglass’ Monthly , an abolitionist magazine by  Frederick Douglass, which stated “While the slaves are forcibly set at work digging  trenches and otherwise assisting the Rebellion, they avail themselves of every  opportunity to assist voluntarily the Union army” thus proving the compelling desire for  freedom that African Americans had. 1   They realized that this war was about slavery, and  1 Frederick Douglass, “The Service Rendered by Slaves” Douglass’ Monthly (Rochester), March 1863 Douglass’ Monthly ran from 1858-1863. It was one of four papers published by Frederick Douglass, all of them dedicated to abolitionism and social reform.
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the Union seemed to show signs of disfavor of the Confederacy, the slaves’ common  enemy, so they jumped at the chance to fight for their freedom.  However, African  Americans in the Union Army did not sit well with many white northerners, and also  white soldiers and commanders in the army.  It was clear that there were varying opinions of the idea of African Americans  fighting in the Union Army, especially among many white Northerners, and even white  soldiers in the army.  As aforementioned, the African American men in America held no fear in fighting  for their country, yet they hadn’t received the same respect and honor as the white men  they fought side-by-side with.  They found it a great honor to be able to fight for their 
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