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Civil War Songs

Anusha and Derrielle

lib hist

on 22 April 2016

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Transcript of Civil War Songs

The song "Set Me Free", originally recorded by Sam Smith, that we have made was inspired by how Lincoln signed a document called the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves. This song was also inspired by the desperation the slaves had for their freedom.

The other song "Some Nights", originally recorded by Fun, was inspired by the Civil War. We wanted to capture how the citizens were feeling about the war and how they handled it on a daily basis.

Historical Background
In 1862 president Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation in order to free the enslaved African Americans. The proclamation caused many problems within the nation. For example, the Democratic Party opposed emancipation. They feared that freed slaves would venture north and take their jobs at lower wages. Abolitionists thought that the war was pointless if it did not win freedom for African Americans. They were persuaded that the Union would remain divided until the problem was resolved.
Historical Background
During the Civil war wedged between the North and the South were the key border states of Delaware , Kentucky , Maryland, and Missouri. They were slave states that did not join the confederacy and were on the border of the North and South. Due to this, they were forced to choose sides. People in the border states were deeply divided on the war so Lincoln sent federal troops into the border states to help keep them in the Union.
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Set Me Free
Set Me Free lyrics
Some Nights
Some Nights lyrics
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