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During the Seventeenth Eighteenth and part of theNineteenth Century the White people of North America used theBlack people of Africa as slaves to benefit their interests Whitepeople created a climate of superiority of their race over the BlackAfrican race that in some places still lingers on today TheAmerican Civil War however was a key turning point for theBlack African race Through their actions and the political actionsof President Lincoln and his administration Black Africans set apresedent for their freedom equality and liberationA very important aspect of Blacks proving themselves wasthat of the Black Man acting as a soldier in the Civil War Duringthe Civil War the official decision to use Blacks as soldiers in theUnion Army was a slow gradual process and a series of strategicpolitical decisions The actual use of Blacks as soldiers in theUnion Army was completed by a series of actions the Black Manperformed that won him the respect of becoming a soldier Thetwo differ in that it was to President Lincolns benefit to enlistBlacks as soldiers when he did Whereas the later was the BlackMans will to fight for his freedom and prove himself as an equalhuman being However because the Black population was barredfrom entering the army under a 1792 law4 the Black Manbecoming a soldier was not officially recognized until late 1862 There was strong anti-Black prejudice among most peoplein the free states and in the loyal slave states the idea of arming theBlack man was anthema1 This statement directly reflects thegenerally held fear White people had about putting Blacks on thefighting line of the armies in the Civil War Whites felt that theCivil War was a war started upon the White Mans issues and whatpossible reason would the Black Man have for wanting to fight inthis war On the contrary The Black Man saw The Civil War as anopportunity to win freedom and gain respect2 Blacks in theNorth who were free from slavery willingly pledged their serviceto fight
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