Everywhere it was slavery, slaves and their masters, the civil war, the revolution and the union states and or the confederate. The confederate states of America were also known as the confederacy and these were the southern states which had seceded from the United States. The slavery history is part and parcel of the American history. Slaves worked for their masters and they were great contributors to the American economic prosperity during those times that is before the civil war slaves and they were working in cotton, sugar and tobacco plantations. To a greater extend slavery contributed to the civil and the formation of the confederacy. Morgan (2005) Says “Opposing slavery and its victims came to be a very common form of abolitionism” They provided cheap labor under grueling conditions. And after the Revolution and the Civil war many freed slaves were Americanized. This research paper analyzes how the confederate states were formed and the role they played in the history of the United States America.
Which are these confederate states? How did they come up or the cause of the confederacy? What role did the confederate states play during the civil war in the United States?
Confederate States of America
The confederate states were seven in number which had declared independence from the United States and they never wanted to be part of the northern states. The seven states were Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida which seceded before President Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861. The tug of war between the northern states and the southern ended up in an armed conflict which was the civil war that broke out in April 1861 because the northern states were not happy with what was going on in the southern states or the confederacy and they prepared their troops to fight for the rights of black slaves and the black people or the slaves worked hand in hand with the union or northern states’ troops. The Civil war ended after the troops of the southern states or the confederacy were subdued by the northern or federal troops. All states, that is, the northern states and the southern states once again were united to make the United States of America.
The Civil war erupted because of the institution of slavery that was not ending in the south. The northern states had already abandoned the institution of slavery and for them it was easy because nxrlxjmfha of their economical activities which were based on industries while in the south they solely depended on farming and they had vast plantations of cotton and tobacco. This nature of farming forced them to retain slaves so that they worked for them in form of cheap labor as Hortons (2004) observe that “American slavery was concentrated mostly in South although it existed in all American colonies and as time passed, relationships between slaves and masters changed as second generation slaves lost much of their African culture and become Americanized” and as (Foner 2004) notes that. “They were mainly used to serve in the economic southern states because their cost was less than the indentured servants”. The southern states or the confederate states claimed that the federal north or the northern states were fighting the south because of their commercial and political freedom and the abolition of slavery. Before the civil war many slaves both men and women were voiceless, they only worked for many hours under humiliating conditions and without wages. Kohn (207) “African American slaves enjoyed a rare distinction in the long and blood history of human slavery” This trend continued for many decades and a few of then wanted their voices to be heard. Because of the suffering and the exploitative state that they were undergoing, they decided to resist. The resistance was one of the causes of the civil war. Many of the slaves started disobeying and revolting against their masters because they had been humiliated enough as Stampp (1990) writes that, “there were rife proslavery and antislavery forces in the south and they clashed frequently and fatally and during the presidential election of 1856 it turned ugly when southern states threatened secession if a candidate from the antislavery Republican Party won”.. Every slave men and women were convicted to gang up and support each other to end slavery.
All men were created equal to enjoy liberty, life and happiness. This was the message that had the radicalism for change. The main cause of the formation of the confederate states or the confederacy was slavery and which ended up in a civil war. There were other secondary causes of the secession like the party politics whereby the southerners were not happy with the Republican Party’s win in the north. However, the civil war marked the end of the confederate and the federal states and the United States of America had one government to date.