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Civil War Trivia Quiz – Answers

1)True or False:                Abraham Lincoln was an abolitionist   FALSE

Lincoln was by no means an abolitionist. His position related to slavery appeared to be more political than personal. The issue of slavery held great political during significance during this presidency. He did however use the Emancipation Proclamation as a military strategy to weaken the Confederacy.

2)True or False:                Lincoln believed black and whites should have same rights FALSE

Lincoln said, “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races,” He was against blacks having the right to vote, to serve on juries, to hold office and to intermarry with whites. He did support that blacks had the right to improve their condition in society and to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Though I am not sure how they could do this without equal rights and protections under the law.   Lincoln supported colonization for blacks and advocated that they should leave the US because he did not think was possible for them to co-exist with whites.

3)True or False:                The Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaves FALSE

(The Emancipation Proclamation was designed for use as a war strategy against Southern states who did not support the union. Slavery remained legal in states that supported The Union or were controlled by the Union)

4)True or False:                The main reason for The Civil War as the abolition of slavery FALSE

The Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865 to determine the survival of the Union or independence for the Confederacy. Among the 34 states in January 1861, seven Southern slave holding states individually declared their secessions from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. It grew to include eleven states, but was never diplomatically recognized by a foreign country. The states that remained loyal and did not declare secession were known as the Union.