Who Freed the Slaves?

African Americans gained their freedom by themselves

The slaves played an essential role in abolishing slavery

Lincoln insisted that the purpose of the war was to save the Union, and not to free the slaves, the slaves perceived the war as an opportunity to win freedom.

African American saw the Civil War as a place to end slavery, risked their lives to escape from Confederate territory to Union lines, and fought in the war despite unequal treatment, given these I strongly believe that the slaves freed themselves.


African Americans gained their Freedom

Without a doubt, slaves detained the opportunities provided by the Civil War to secure their own freedom as fugitives from slavery, laborers for the Union army, and soldiers in battle against the Confederacy. In other words, I think that the slaves freed themselves, they volunteered to fight in the Civil War, eight out of every ten black soldiers who served were escaped slaves, many died in the combat, but despite the hardships they went through, the African Americans gained their freedom because of their courageous, determination, and fearlessness.


African Americans standing as Soldiers ready to fight for Freedom

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Come Join Us Brothers,recruitment poster, color lithograph, (CHS, ICHi-22051) Chicago History Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2012.

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