Whether people viewed emancipation as morally right or not, it became increasingly clear throughout late 1862 into 1863 that no successful war for Union could not also be a war to destroy slavery. Yet

Whether people viewed emancipation as morally right or not, it became increasingly clear throughout late 1862 into 1863 that no successful war for Union could not also be a war to destroy slavery. Yet there was much resistance in the North to the idea of emancipation – indeed, abolitionism in the most moral sense was probably a minority position. So how does the North, operating as it does in a white supremacist paradigm (we must accept that the vast preponderance of white Americans at the time bought into the Western notion of black inferiority – an idea common in Europe as well and bolstered by pseudoscientific ideas) come to embrace the idea of destroying slavery as a necessity in the war for Union?

Your essay should be divided into three parts:

  • First, it needs to first outline the opposition to full-on emancipation in the North – among the people, among the politicians, and in the mind of Lincoln and the people around him.
  • Secondly, it needs to show how battlefield outcomes affected the willingness of Union people to support the idea of emancipation.
  • Thirdly, it should explore the ways in which the Northern people came around to the idea of slavery being destroyed – and the many different shapes that this support took, from begrudging acceptance to wholehearted embrace.
  • Be no shorter than 1000 words and no longer than 1400 words. (In order to get this all in, you will need to be concise.)
  • Employ effective writing, spelling, and punctuation.

Your essay should reference the materialsused only in this course. You can probably find essays on this topic online – however deviating from my prompt. I caution against using them. I expect this essay to be supported by Escott, McPherson, the filmGlory, and the lecture material (as well as reading material linked from the lecture notes.)

Balance: Content (the argument itself) is 70% of your grade. Writing, following the directions in terms of length is 30% of the grade.

Your essay MUST be written in Google Docs and be submitted using a shared Google Docs set to allow me to edit, shared to my email [email protected], but also (especially) with the link to the shared document posted in your assignment submission in Canvas. I will not accept or grade any assignments shared as attachments in PDF, docx, pages, etc. Google Docs simply gives me a superior and more seamless way to offer you feedback on your work.


You do not need to use footnotes or supply a works cited page. I know the materials being used. Again, do not use outside materials to answer this essay. If you pull a direct quote from any of the books include a parenthetical citation with the author and page number. For instance “Lincoln was cool.” (Escott, 29) If you cite directly the lecture do so this way: “Smart quote” (lecture 1). If you cite a line from the film, do so in context. “In the Red Badge of Courage, the boy…” If you cite a classmate’s discussion post, note it thus: (Susie Classmate, Week 1).

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