By Kevin Hillstrom
This quantity comprises complete and excerpted speeches, money owed, poems, memoirs, and novels reflecting more than a few perpectives in the direction of the Civil conflict, and contains historical past details on every one record and the impression it had at the public.
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At first, many people in both regions expressed great enthusiasm for the coming war. Big rallies and celebrations erupted in many major cities, as community leaders and ordinary citizens alike showed their patriotic spirit. This high level of support for the war was due in part to the long years of angry disagreement between America’s Northern and Southern states. Their clashes over such issues as slavery and states’ rights (the belief that each state has the right to decide how to handle various issues for itself without interference from the national government) had caused many Southerners and Northerners to dislike one another.
It turns out to be more than she can stand. A depiction of a slave auction in the early 1860s. ) Things to remember while reading the excerpt from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: • Stowe uses a literary device called irony in her novel— she says the opposite of what she means in order to make a point. A good example of Stowe’s use of irony occurs in the following excerpt, when she describes the different reactions of Haley and Tom when Lucy’s child is taken from her. When Stowe describes Haley’s reac4 American Civil War: Primary Sources tion, she says that “the trader had arrived at that stage of Christian and political perfection .
In the day of a future Judgment, these very considerations may make it more tolerable for him than for you. Mas’r: Master; form of address used by slaves when speaking to white men. Embarrassed: Interfered with. Property operations: Slavetrading business. Ill-used man: One who has been abused or treated poorly. Discontentedly: Without satisfaction. Debauches: Corrupts or leads away from virtue. Depraves: Perverts or corrupts morally. Harriet Beecher Stowe 11 What happened next . . Readers all across the North were captivated by Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
American Civil War Reference Library: Primary Sources by Kevin Hillstrom