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Immigrants, Race, and Emancipation

immigrants civil war   June 15, 2016   View Discussion

Immigrants, Race, and Emancipation

Patrick Young, Esq.

by Patrick Young, Esq. - Blogger

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On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. These articles from The Immigrants’ Civil War series look at immigrant attitudes towards slavery and race during the Civil War Era.

1. 1848: The Year that Created Immigrant America - Revolutions in Europe, famine and oppression in Ireland, and the end of the Mexican War made 1848 a key year in American immigration history. European political Liberalism influenced immigrant perceptions towards slavery.

2. Carl Schurz: From German Radical to American Abolitionist- A teenaged revolutionary of 1848, Carl Schurz brought his passion for equality with him to America.

3. Immigrant Leader Carl Schurz Tells Lincoln to Stand Firm Against Slavery.-During the days before Lincoln’s inauguration, pressure from German communities helped the incoming president reject calls for compromise on the expansion of slavery.

4. ...And the War Came to Immigrant America -The impact of the firing on Fort Sumter on America’s immigrants. German immigrants saw slavery as a major cause of the war.

5. The Rabbi Who Seceded From the South -A Baltimore rabbi opposed slavery and was nearly killed because of his stand.

6. The Germans Save St. Louis for the Union.-Anti-slavery impulses drove German immigrants to arm themselves.

7. Why the Germans Fought for the Union-German immigrants cited slavery as a reason for joining the Union army.

8. The Irish Tigers From Louisiana-Irish experiences in New Orleans shaped that community’s view of slavery and Southern identity.

9. The St. Louis Germans Set Out To Free Missouri-Germans in Missouri campaigned for an end to slavery.

10. Wilson’s Creek Drowns Immigrant Dream of Free Missouri

11. St. Louis Germans Revived by Missouri Emancipation Proclamation- A year before Lincoln’s Emancipation, Missouri Germans tried to take matters into their own hands.

12. Lincoln Dashes German Immigrants Hopes for Emancipation

13. Irish Green and Black America: Race on the Edge of Civil War

14. The Democratic Party and the Racial Consciousness of Irish Immigrants Before the Civil War

15. A German Regiment Fights for “Freedom and Justice” at Shiloh-The 32nd Indiana under Col. August Willich.

16. The Know Nothing Colonel and the Irish Soldier Confronting slavery and bigotry.

17. Peninsula Emancipation: Irish Soldiers Take Steps on the Road to Freedom-The Irish Brigade and Irish soldiers from Boston free slaves along the march to Richmond.

18. Slaves Immigrate from the Confederacy to the United States During the Peninsula Campaign

19. Carl Schurz: To Win the Civil War End Slavery

20. Emancipation 150: “All men are created equal, black and white”- A German immigrant reacts to the Emancipation Proclamation

21. Preliminaries to Emancipation: Race, the Irish, and Lincoln

22. The Politics of Emancipation: Lincoln Suffers Defeat

23. Carl Schurz Blames Lincoln for Defeat

24. The Irish Brigade and Virginia’s Civilians Black and White

25. The Irish Brigade and the Firing of General McClellan

26. Forever Free: Emancipation New Year Day 1863

27. Lee’s Army Moves Towards Gettysburg, Black Refugees Flee

28. Five Points on the Edge of the Draft Riots

29. Draft Riots: The Cultivation of Division

30. The Draft Riots Begin-The true story of how the riots began.

31. Convulsion of Violence: The First Day of the Draft Riots-Blacks became a target of the rioters by the end of the first day.

32. The Draft Riots End in a Sea of Blood

33. The Immigrant Story Behind “Twelve Years a Slave”

34. A German Immigrant Woman’s Gettysburg Address

35. Pat Cleburne: The Irish Confederate’s Emancipation Proclamation

36. Pat Cleburne: The South Can’t Use Black Soldiers Without Ending Slavery

37. Two Irish Brigades Swept Away by a Hurricane from Hell at Cold Harbor

38. Petersburg: The Start of a Ten Month Siege that Devoured Men and Disabled the Irish Brigade

39. A Volcano in Virginia: The Battle of the Crater

40. Lincoln and the Superiority of the “Negro” Over the Irish

41. African American Refugee Camp in Civil War Kentucky Destroyed by Union Soldiers

42. Kentucky Civil War Refugee Camp Reborn and Reconstructed After Expulsions

43. German General Weitzel and His African Canadians at Petersburg

44. Richmond Burning: The German Immigrant and Black Troops Who Saved the City

45. African Canadian Sailors in the Union Navy

46. A Scottish Socialist and a German General Work to Help Slaves Become Freedpeople-Robert Dale Owen, Carl Schurz and the founding of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

47. German Immigrants and the End of Slavery in Missouri

48. Immigrants and the Passage of the 13th Amendment Ending Slavery

49. The Memphis Massacre of 1866: A Race Riot Pits Immigrants Against Freed Slaves

50. Carl Schurz and the Origins of the 14th Amendment

51. Black Citizenship: Frederick Douglass, and an Immigrant Professor Confront President Andrew Johnson-Prelude to the 14th Amendment

52. When the 14th Amendment Stalled, Scottish Immigrant Robert Dale Owen Stepped Up

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Important Citizenship Site to be Preserved-Fortress Monroe-Where slaves found freedom.

Civil War Anniversaries-History, Marketing, and Human Rights

Memorial Day’s Origins at the End of the Civil War-When Freed Slaves memorialized the white soldiers who died for Emancipation.

Germans Re-enact the Civil War-But Why Are They Dressed in Gray?

Leading Historians Discuss 1863 New York City Draft Riots - Race, Riots, and the Irish.

Juneteenth for Immigrants

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan



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