Effect of the war on african americans


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  • Emancipation didn't free any slaves at first because the slaves didn't know about it and the slave owners wouldn't let them just leave but it was a step forward into freedom
  • White and colored people shook hands and started seeing eye to eye. They praised Lincoln for wanting to do something about slavery
  • Slaves who escaped fled to Union lines. Commanders were left to decide what to do with them, they either returned them or paid them for work
  • African American recruitment in 1862. The Massachusetts Regiment was praised for their victories in the war and they were good fighters.
  • New York City draft riot; dozens of African Americans killed because they didn't receive the same training and tasks as whites got
  • They went on strikes by refusing to pick up weapons due to being underpaid. The leader of the group was executed.
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