He further explains why the anti slavery movement for women’s rights and the emergence of the Civil War were important. Later on, the author discusses how the Civil War was caused by abolitionists and how they were termed as irrelevant. The book explores how the abolitionists movements struggled to end slavery which led to the emergence of the Civil War. The major contention of this book is that it addresses how the abolitionist movement helped end slavery and caused the emergence of the Civil War. The anti-slavery movement was very active in the United States and was fighting for the rights of the African Americans who were slaves in the land of America.
Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ann Jacobs were both born into slavery and both shared their stories with the world. Like all slave stories, Douglass’s and Jacobs’s works express the tension between conflicting motives that produced autobiographies of slave life. The need to achieve the most important goal, an end to slavery, took the author’s back to the world that had enslaved them. Their stories had to provide truthful reproductions of both places and experiences of the past they had escaped. White abolitionist advised slave writers to adhere to precise rules and methods to produce what they saw as one of the most powerful propaganda arguments against slavery.
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The American Renaissance, distinguished as an intellectual and artistic period, now includes, among others, Douglass and Jacobs brutal historical accounts. Douglass and Jacobs' narrative presence represents the voice slaves who desire freedom from bondage. In Trudy Mercer's "Representative Woman: Harriet Jacobs and the Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," she suggests both narratives work as propaganda: The slave narratives of pre-Civil War America may exemplify the earliest and most dramatic uses of the "personal as political," and the sharing of experiences ... ... middle of paper ... ... the Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs." Melus. 22.4 (Winter 1997): 91-108.
A great justification is that maybe slavery was just "A necessary evil." Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. Although she was raised under a puritan formation, Stowe was believed to be a protestant; which played a great role throughout her life. After a life time of research and study, Harriet marries Calvin Stowe in 1835. The 1850’s law required turning in slaves, even in the “Free States”, this in turn inspires Harriet to write in what would become one of the most controversial book in time.
Published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was an answer to the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 had declared that all runaway slaves that were caught were to be brought back to their masters. Stowe used the Fugitive Slave Act as “the stimulus for showing [her] white readers how slavery threatened American culture” (Robbins 534). Uncle Tom’s Cabin is an anti-slavery novel, and Stowe uses the novel touch upon all aspects of slavery and its long lasting effects on not only the slaves, but also their families as well as their masters and their masters families. Stowe introduces the reader to characters who feel real and who are suffering at the unforgiving and unjust hands of slavery.
“Is this the little woman who made this great war?” Lincoln said as he greeted the renowned author, Harriet Beecher Stowe. This abolitionist writer created her famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in response to the Fugitive Slave Law and the politics about slavery in the South. Some Americans even believed that Stowe and her book brought on The Civil War (Reynolds). Because of this, Harriet needed a way to attract more citizens into the anti-slavery cause. With her book, Stowe showed everyone the truth about slavery, even though not everyone agreed with her.