American Civil War Reference Library: Primary Sources by Kevin Hillstrom

By Kevin Hillstrom

This quantity comprises complete and excerpted speeches, bills, poems, memoirs, and novels reflecting various perpectives in the direction of the Civil conflict, and comprises historical past details on every one rfile and the effect it had at the public.

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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. The novel sold three hundred thousand copies in the first year following its publication, and went on to sell over two million copies in the next ten years.

Like Frederick Douglass, Tubman believed that slavery harmed the entire United States. She thought that the only way for the North to win the war and preserve the Union was to abolish slavery. In the following passage, Tubman uses an animal story to express her feelings about President Lincoln’s war policies. The snake represents slavery, and the person bitten by the snake represents the Union. Through the story, Tubman shows that slavery has caused dangerous problems for the nation in the past, and will continue to do so unless it is wiped out.

Gay: Happy. Decentish: Somewhat decent. Wench: A young woman or female servant. ” Reckon: Think or suppose. “Why, I reckon she is tol’able fair,” said Haley, blowing the smoke out of his mouth. Tol’able: Tolerable; acceptable. ” said the man. 6 American Civil War: Primary Sources Haley nodded, and smoked on. ” said the man. “Wal,” said Haley, “I’m fillin’ out an order for a plantation, and I think I shall put her in. They telled me she was a good cook; and they can use her for that, or set her at the cotton-picking.

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