Words of Wisdom:

"There is plenty of time to sleep, when were dead." - Affluxlove?


  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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During the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and part of the

Nineteenth Century the White people of North America used the

Black people of Africa as slaves to benefit their interests.   White

people created a climate of superiority of their race over the Black

African race that in some places, still lingers on today.   The

American Civil War however, was a key turning point for the

Black African race.   Through their actions and the political actions

of President Lincoln and his administration, Black Africans set a

presedent for their freedom, equality and liberation.

A very important aspect of Blacks proving themselves was

that of the Black Man acting as a soldier in the Civil War.   During

the Civil War the official decision to use Blacks as soldiers in the

Union Army was a slow gradual process and a series of   strategic

political decisions.   The actual use of Blacks as soldiers in the

Union Army was completed by a series of actions the Black Man

performed that won him the respect of becoming a soldier.   The

two differ in that it was to President Lincoln's benefit to enlist

Blacks as soldiers when he did.   Whereas the later was the Black

Man's will to fight for his freedom and prove himself as an equal

human being.   However, because the Black population was barred

from entering the army under a 1792 law(4) the Black Man

becoming a soldier was not officially recognized until late 1862.

"There was strong anti-Black prejudice among most people

in the free states, and in the loyal slave states the idea of arming the

Black man was anthema"(1).   This statement directly reflects the

generally held fear White people had about putting Blacks on the

fighting line of the armies in the Civil War.   Whites felt that the

Civil War was a war started upon the White Man's issues and what



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