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Slaves in America before the civil war were not allowed to do much besides work.
The Civil War allowed them to fight for their rights and prove their strength.
However, many had unofficially joined
African American soldiers were not allowed in the war until Jan. 1st, 1863, after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
In many battles, African American regiments fought vigilantly to change history.
Even though they were looked down upon, they fought to prove their strength and win the war.
The USCT (united states colored troops) saw more than 400 engagements, 39 of which were major battles. The congressional medal of honor was also presented to 24 African American troops.
With African American troops now being accepted into the army, the union had more regiments for battle.
They helped win many battles, and fought tremendously as regiments. The Civil War definitely helped them gain a bit more respect.
One-third of soldiers who fought in the civil war were immigrants, with nearly 1 in 10 being African American
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