Tuesday, April 18, 2017

     Hello, and welcome back to my blog.  This era will be covering the civil war and freedoms role in it.  However, unlike many of my other peers blogs, I will not be focusing on the freedom of African Americans.  I understand that African Americans freedom played a large part in the war; however, there are plenty of articles over the internet talking about their freedom.  So in this blog post I have decided to focus more on women's freedom (or lack thereof) and less of African Americans freedom.

     During the civil war, men on both sides rushed to the frontlines to fight for what they believed in creating a gap on the home front that was filled by women. Women before this time were usually confined to the house with jobs such as cooking and cleaning.  After war broke out women started to join the war effort in any way they could. They sowed uniforms, made food, and created medical stations for wounded soldiers.  This was the first time in American history that women played a significant part in the war effort.  After the war ended, women had the growing idea that they could take jobs after what they did in the war.  This new experience for them expanded their horizon on what they could do in society, and once confined again, wondered if they would ever see that sort of freedom again.  Here we find the first growing idea of women's rights.  During the war, many African American women were also freed from being slaves.  Once freed, they only found themselves within the confines of the house that American women had just temporarily freed themselves from.  While we see no large advances in societies idea of where women belong, we can start to see the growing concept of women's rights making small steps to the end goal of where we are today.



  1. Interesting. Although American feminism grew out of abolition, there is a feeling by the Civil War that the two movements were in conflict. Some suffragists were galled that the vote was going to black men and not women, and were even willing to race bait.

  2. Good Blog! How much do you think the idea of freedom affected the civil war?