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  • Beloved - 1,135 words
    Toni Morrison was born in Loraine, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She has accomplished many things from then until now. From writing several books to being a trustee of the National Humanities Center, she finds the time to remain grounded and stable. She has written many books, one namely Beloved which focuses on one womans trials and tribulations. Beloved is about a woman named Sethe, now living in the Reconstruction-era farming country of Ohio. Proud and beautiful, she escaped from slavery, but is haunted by its heritage. She must deal with this haunted life on every level, from the fires of the flesh to the heartbreaking challenges to the spirit. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civi ...
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  • Beloved - 1,042 words
    A critical analysis of the main characters and plot from the novel "Beloved" (BY TONI MORRISON). Beloved is a novel set in Ohio during 1873, several years after the Civil War. The book centers on characters who struggle fruitlessly to keep their painful recollections of the past at bay. The whole story revolves around issues of race, gender, family relationships and the supernatural, covering two generations and three decades up to the 19th century. Concentrating on events arising from the Fugitive Slave Act of 1856, it describes the horrendous consequences of an escape from slavery for Sethe, her children and Paul D. The narrative begins 18 years after Sethe's break for freedom, and it grad ...
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  • A Reaction To Uncle Toms Cabin - 1,348 words
    A Reaction to Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin So this is the little lady who made this big war. Abraham Lincolns legendary comment upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe demonstrates the significant place her novel, Uncle Toms Cabin, holds in American history. Published in book form in 1852, the novel quickly became a national bestseller and stirred up strong emotions in both the North and South. The context in which Uncle Toms Cabin was written, therefore, is just as significant as the actual content. Among other things, Stowes publication of her novel was stimulated by the increasing tensions among the nations citizens and by her fervent belief that slavery was brutally immoral. While ...
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  • Republican Party - 919 words
    We all know that slavery was not the main reason of the Civil War, the main reason was Sectionalism and the south trying to seceding from the Union. One good thing that the opposition to slavery did do is launch three different parties, two of which did not last for a long time. Some anti-slavery leaders looked to political methods as a way of attacking the institution. When these men were unable to find enough support in the Democratic or Whig parties, these anti-slavery men founded the Liberty party in 1840 . This party was then reformed in 1848 to make the Free Soil party1, this party was to focus on a specific issue - the opposition to the extension of slavery into United States territor ...
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  • Compromise Of 1850 - 487 words
    Compromise Measures of 1850 also known as the Compromise of 1850.This act was a series of five legislative enactment's passed by United States Congress. Many territories from the west were now asking for admittance into the United States as an official state. This brought many questions to the table. Today at a meeting many other states followed California as they applied to enter into the union. This will be a problem for the north and south. Before now there were 15 free states and 15 slave states. Another problem was that the runaway slaves were protected. The south grew very angry and wanted something to be done about it there were no laws to catch the runaway slaves. For many of the sla ...
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  • National Debate Over Slavery - 1,053 words
    The National Debate over Slavery in 17 -1860 was important. Events from the cotton gin, to the Dred Scott case all played an important roll in slavery and history. Here are a couple more. In June 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed. It was a statement of reasons for the separation between Britain. The declaration sited that "all men are created equal." It meant that people shouldnt be judged by the color of their skin nor their religion. Throughout the whole declaration, amendments have been added to make the world more equal. For example, the fifteenth amendment granted African American males the right to vote, and then in 1920 the nineteenth amendment granted women the right to ...
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  • Civil Disobedience - 4,584 words
    Resistance to Civil Government, or Civil Disobedience [1] I heartily accept the motto,That government is best which governs least; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believeThat government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which the will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing govern ...
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  • African Americans Versus The Social Sciences - 2,778 words
    American segregation was a bitter part of American history. Even worse, though, are the securing reasons for the need of segregation and the defense of the institution. I will be discussing the method in which segregation came into existence in America and how the populace advocated such a policy. The issue of segregation in America deals mostly with the idea of superiority and inferiority between the black, or African, and white, or Caucasian, races. There is a long history on what eventually became legal segregation in the United States. I will begin by giving a short synopsis of that history. Immediately after the Civil War many laws were enacted called black codes that clashed with the E ...
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  • The Civil Rights Cases - 1,074 words
    The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was an effort of the Post-Civil War Congresses to enforce civil rights throughout the United States. It was a part of the Reconstructionists to eliminate racial discrimination throughout the United States and this Act was one form to attempt to accomplish this. They took the authority to pass this Act from Section 5 of the 14th Amendment. They interpreted that section to allow the Congress the power to define as well as enforce the rights established by the 14th Amendment. When the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was tested by the Supreme Court it held that interpretation of the amendment and thus the Act was unconstitutional, and in passing the Act overstepped the powe ...
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  • Huck Finn Research Paper - 1,443 words
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a story about a boy without a family who teams up with a black slave and journeys down the Mississippi River in search for the slaves freedom, and the boys independence in his escape from society. Throughout the journey down the river, Huck, who is a white boy, matures constantly and becomes more independent. He also produces a great friendship with Jim, the slave. The two of them encounter the adventure of their lives, and escape many close calls of being caught, or being recognized by authorities. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain displays how punishment for breaking laws and rules was extremely violent and strict during the nineteenth ...
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  • Beloved - 1,484 words
    Beloved is a novel set in Ohio several years after the Civil War. The book focuses on characters that struggle fruitlessly to keep their painful recollections of the past at bay. The whole story revolves around issues of race, gender, the black community, and the supernatural. The focus of this paper is going to be on how these things were affected by the emancipation of the slaves and the reconstruction period, the time in which the story is placed. The story concentrates on events arising from the Fugitive Slave Act, it describes the unspeakable consequences of an escape from slavery for Sethe, her children and Paul D. The story line begins many years after Sethes break for freedom, and it ...
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  • Dexter Greene - 477 words
    A man can say a lot through his face. For the human race, facial expressions are perhaps the most expressive and universal communication we can use. One does not usually notice the facial expressions of animals, but there is a look. A look you notice in the eyes of two alley cats as they fight over the most generous trash cans. And the look that flashes across the face of the buck just as it turns its head and its eyes focus on the pursuer, to be pursued no more. I would imagine this same look on the face of Frederick Douglas as he lived in a strange nation within his own country, and was the constant prey of many. The panic and hopelessness of the hunted animal belonged to Douglas during hi ...
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  • Huck Finn And Satire - 910 words
    One name from American Literature that probably all school children know is Mark Twain. Along with that, one book from American Literature that probably all school children have heard about is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Truly, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a marvel of its own time and is still a great classic today as it illustrates for its reader the pre-civil war South far beyond anything one could imagine. The book itself makes such great use of satire and humor and criticism to make Mark Twains opinions known and paint a surprisingly accurate picture of the South. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain satirizes and criticizes societies and customs of the sou ...
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  • Slave Power As The Cause Of The Civil War - 927 words
    In the Gettysburg address, Lincoln quotes the declaration of independence in saying that the United States government was a creation by and for the people who inhabited these shores. In the context of the civil war, this is important because the collapse of the union signified the end of popular sovereignty, even though that particular expression had just been coined. In Russel B. Nyes essay, the Great Slave Power Conspiracy, the argument he provides is both persuasive in his scope and understanding of the times. As slavery was arguably the biggest issue at stake, I find his argument persuasive because the war could not be cause by the institution itself, that argument is too narrow of scope ...
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  • The Slavery Era - 1,544 words
    There were numerous issues that led to the American Civil War, including were significant differences in political views between the North and the South. Moreover, the two sections were totally different socially, and had disparate economies. However, all of these differences and the problems that resulted were a direct result of slavery. Indeed, it was because of slavery that the Civil War was fought. By analyzing issues on local and national levels through the "Valley of the Shadow Project" which compares ante-bellum Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Staunton, Virginia, it is clear that Civil War was inevitable, for slavery had split the nation too widely, making compromise impossible. The mo ...
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  • Anna Dickinson - 1,715 words
    Perhaps more well known then the recipient of her letter, Susan B. Anthony wrote to her fledgling protg orator, Anna Dickinson, that your mission will brighten and beautify every day if you will but keep the eye of your own spirit turned within [where] that precious jewel of truth is to be sought and formed and darling you will find it & speak it, and live it and all men and women will call you blessed. (Faderman, 96) Dickinsons skill and ability carried her throughout the country, speaking about such topics as slavery, womens rights, and the rights of workers. Molded and perfected by the heroes of the day, Dickinson soon gained the tag of being Americas Joan of Arc (Luce, 5). Anna Eliza ...
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  • Underground - 1,278 words
    The Underground Railroad was a secret pathway organized by abolitionists--many of them free blacks and Quakers. Its purpose was to help runaway slaves escape to freedom in the North or in Canada. Often, the passage to freedom followed natural boundaries, such as a river. Usually, slaves relied on secret helpers in towns scattered along the route to freedom. These "conductors" would help a slave move from one safe house to another, usually under cover of darkness. One daring conductor, Harriet Tubman, led hundreds of slaves to the North. Antislavery groups sent agents south to tell slaves about the Underground Railroad. The agents pretended to be census takers, mapmakers, or peddlers. Ohio wa ...
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  • American Slavery - 1,863 words
    Frederick Douglass: "No Progress without Struggle" Introduction: Frederick Douglass made it his life?s work to champion the rights of blacks by speaking and writing about his first hand experiences with slavery. Even after slavery was abolished, Douglass continued to fight for blacks? rights. Throughout this struggle, Douglass?s ideas about the relationship between blacks and whites evolved. When he was fighting for the abolition of slavery, he was very radical in the way he spoke and in the measures he took to get the slaves freed. After the Civil War, when the slaves were emancipated, Douglass felt that America had made the first step to progress, but soon after, he realized that the racis ...
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  • Frederick Douglass - 516 words
    The narrative piece written by Frederick Douglass is very descriptive and, through the use of rhetorical language, effective in describing his view of a slave's life once freed. The opening line creates a clear introduction for what is to come, as he state, " the wretchedness of slavery and the blessedness of freedom were perpetually before me." Parallel structure is present here, to emphasize the sanctity he has, at this point in his life, associated with freedom and the life-long misery he has associated with slavery. This justifies what he chooses to do next, as he leaves his chains and successfully reaches New York, a free state. The metaphor used within this description is also effectiv ...
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  • The Dred Scott Decision - 1,218 words
    The Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court in March 1857 was one of the major steps on the road to secession. Dred Scott was a slave who was taken to Missouri from Virginia and sold. His new master then moved to Illinois (a free state) for a while but soon moved back to Missouri. Upon his master's death, Scott claimed that since he had resided in a free state, he was consequentially a free man. The case eventually made it to the Supreme Court. As stated by Supreme Court Justice C. J. Taney, "In considering this...controversy, two questions arise: 1st.[sic] Was [Scott], together with his family, free in Missouri by reason of his stay in the territory of the United States hereinbefore mentio ...
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