blog 6 Yaoyu


I introduced fives battles in civil war. I think some of them were playing important role in the civil war. I did not talk about slavery or politic, I just have some slides about battles. One reason is because I like to talk about war and I had talked about others before.

In 1857, American female writer Stowe wrote the novel Uncle Tom’s cabin, which described the miserable life of black slaves under the oppression of slave owners, which touched the most sensitive nerve of the United States: the preservation or abolition of slavery. The book, which sold 300000 copies in its first year, is the best-selling novel in the 19th century. On the surface, Uncle Tom’s cabin is a matter of whether slavery exists or not. In fact, it is a problem of interests behind it.

In 1860, Lincoln was elected president of the United States. At this time, the South thought that the big brother of the North could not do anything about itself. The civil war broke out in 1861. The South took the lead in fighting. Why did the South have the courage to fire the first shot? There are three advantages in the south. First, they have a great reputation. They fight to protect their private property. Although there is a call for the abolition of slavery in the north, the Supreme Court has ruled that it is illegal to abolish slavery, which is not obvious. As described in the famous work gone with the wind, at the beginning of the war, white people in the South took up guns and rushed to the battlefield, which was very rare in the north. Second, the quality of officers in the southern army was higher than that in the north. At the beginning of the war, a large number of generals went to the south. It took time for the north to train new officers. Third, the white people in the South have a good tradition of riding and shooting.

In 1863, Lincoln issued the emancipation declaration of slaves, announcing the emancipation of all the slaves in 11 Southern States. Upon hearing this news, Southern slaves fled to the north in batches. It can be said that the moment the emancipation declaration was announced, it was doomed to the failure of the south.

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  1. Choosing a geographic-centered narrative like the battles of the Civil War looks great as a story map! The viewer gets a solid idea about the history of the battles, as well as the geographic space that the Civil War took place. I am curious about which Supreme Court case you are think about in regards to abolishing slavery– ultimately Congress passed the 13th amendment which did abolish slavery in the United States, and it was constitutional to do so. Also, it is true that the Confederacy maintained a strong position in battle, but the odds were also stacked against the Confederacy as a “nation” due to a weak governmental infrastructure, lack of money, and lack of global recognition of their “nationhood.”

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