With at least 200 words:
Provide background and summarize the event/person you have chosen
What makes this worthy of saving?
What other person or event might you have chosen? What made you decide not to choose it?
If I had to save one piece of U.S. history from destruction, I would choose the Emancipation Proclamation. At the beginning of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln had always stated that the Union was fighting for its conservation. Although he had his own opinions on slavery, the Union would not be willing to fight if that was the goal of the war. As of July 1862, emancipation became an apparent necessity. Slaves were fleeing the Confederacy to join the Union army, and Lincoln saw this as a sign that something needed …show more content…
I chose not to save the Revolutionary War because it was such a broad topic. Although the Revolutionary War is what led to the United States of America, I could not choose just one part of the war to speak about. Its effects were incredibly important, and I did not want to narrow the war down. I’m also more interested on the effects that the Emancipation Proclamation had on the …show more content…
(Cultural, political, global)/
Compare the event/person with another of its time?
How would this person/event be viewed in today’s world? What are the main differences in the context of then and now? (Are there things that would be unacceptable now that were normal then or vice versa?)
Culturally, this proclamation changed the South completely. The South relied heavily on agriculture and the slaves who worked the land. Once slaves were freed, there was no one in the South to produce crops. The Southern economy would crash if slavery did. After emancipation, the South’s next step was reconstruction (Roark, 435). They had to rebuild their towns, including new buildings for industrialization. Politically, the Emancipation Proclamation was passed by the president and Congress. The federal government of the United States of America was behind this movement, and everyone was in agreement. Slavery had to come to an end to keep the Union together, so this proclamation pulled the government together politically for them to make a decision. While the Emancipation Proclamation did not have much effect globally, it was nationally effective. Viewed differently all around America, the Union was behind emancipation. They needed the African Americans help, and they did not like slavery. A Union win would mean that the South had to come back to the Union. The Confederacy needed slavery to survive. The