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This paper examines how the Civil War greatly affected free blacks just as much as the implications for the North's victory did and how free blacks living in the North were still subject to much racial prejudice and hardship. Through the writings of Frederick Douglass, the paper looks at the situation of the blacks before and after the war and the hopes for the abolishment of slavery.
From the Paper:"The Civil War also helped to polarize the attitudes and behavior of both whites and blacks by creating a visual battle for freedom. The Civil War was a tangible event, and in its existence, represented the struggle and the personification of the differences in culture and attitude between the North and the South, as well as between black and white culture. The War gave free blacks the opportunity to actually fight for the freedom of their slave brothers and sisters. The Union Army was reluctant at first to send an all black regiment into battle, but there have been numerous books and movies that account for the bravery and courage of these "Buffalo Soldiers". These black soldiers were a direct representation of the fact that slavery, as an institution, was completely wrong in its assumptions, and that blacks were more than willing to have a stake in reclaiming the freedom of so many southern slaves."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass. Yale University Press: New Haven, CT, 2001.
Cite this Term Paper:
Frederick Douglass: The Black Condition in America (2012, November 11) Retrieved March 05, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/frederick-douglass-the-black-condition-in-america-152014/
"Frederick Douglass: The Black Condition in America" 11 November 2012. Web. 05 March. 2024. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/frederick-douglass-the-black-condition-in-america-152014/>