Essay on Comparative Analysis of Research Articles on Slavery
A Comparative Analysis of Two Articles Regarding the Emancipation of Slavery
Many historians have debated over the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, in addition to arguing over who should receive the credit for the freeing of slaves in the Civil War era. Two historians, James M. McPherson and Ira Berlin, respectfully express their contrasting views over these topics in this assignment. While I absolutely agree that the slaves in the Civil War era played a pivotal role in emancipating themselves and securing their civil liberties, it was unequivocally the actions of President Lincoln that led to their eventual freedom.
McPherson, a professor at Princeton University and Civil War historian, describes in …show more content…
I personally feel that after reading this article, Berlin’s views tend to center around the smaller facts such as whether or not the Emancipation Proclamation was the direct cause to the abolition of slavery. It may not have been the direct cause, however it did change the focus of the Civil War and compelled the nation to decide on a final solution to the issue of slavery. It was only after the doors had been opened to the possibility of emancipation that the slaves began to pressure