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THE POLITICS and DECISIONS OF
DURING THE CIVIL WAR
To be used with the Commander & Chief Page
After futile pleas to the
border states to free slaves voluntarily, Lincoln in the summer of 1862
that emancipation was a military and political necessity. The
Emancipation Proclamation transformed the war from a conflict to save
the Union to a
war to abolish slavery. It authorized the enlistment of African
220,000 served during the war, helping to ensure the destruction of
This was the big political event during the Civil War.
President Lincoln would be elected to a second term
a popular George McClellan (former general under Lincoln).
Study how Abraham Lincoln could maintain the leadership
to "cause" all these great political events to occur. The Civil
was not popular with all people, and when conscription (the draft) was
many citizens up-roared and protested. Lincoln and the Union Army
on-task and would of course win the war. Just looking at the
of killed soldiers on both sides, this war had more American deaths
any war before or after.
Take each of the three important political
accomplishments listed above and complete the information table:
[Use the links above to read
each and answer the questions]