The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe and published in the United States in 1852. The novel depicted slavery as a moral evil and was the cause of much controversy at the time and long after. Uncle Tom's Cabin outraged the South and received praise in the North. The publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin was a major turning point for the United States which helped bring about the Civil War. Uncle Tom's Cabin is said to have contributed to the Civil War because it brought the evils of slavery to the attention of Americans more vividly than any other book had done before ("Harriett's Life").
“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.
One of the greater uses of fiction’s power is Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the era leading up to the American Civil War, which made a lasting impact for years to come, and hit many different characteristics of nineteenth century American beliefs. Harriet Beecher Stowe released her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852 and it was immediately controversial. When the book reached southern readers, they were irate. Stowe’s novel was written to confront the basis of the southern way of life and culture.
As Southerners came back with defensive literature or protests, the North would comment back. The novel created a constant protest between the North and South which was a factor towards the sectional strife. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was a catalyst for the Civil War due to its depiction of slavery as harsh and brutal. She uses Tom, St. Clare and Legree to
Her popular book furthered the sectional tensions and helped to start the Civil War. Since the book made slavery appear wicked it left many people surprised it was even popular in Britain and France. b. Hinton R. Helper ‘s book The Impending Crisis of the South appears in 1857 i. Yet another piece of literacy appeared in 1857, The Impending Crisis of the South, by Hinton R. Helper and it also causes tensions. Helper’s book attempted to prove his point which was that non slave holding whites were the people who were worst off in the slavery issues.
They then realized that they would have to take great strides for the cause of abolition. The last social cause was the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. When the north read this book, the reality of slavery hit them hard. Any previous doubters soon chose abolition, and the south couldn’t argue any longer. Her book “displayed the effects of slavery and helped readers empathize with the characters… the future of an enslaved people and general racism were freely discussed.”
In this chapter of Davidson and Lytle’s After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, the authors use the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 and in particular the attack’s leader, John Brown, a radical abolitionist, to explain the massive increase in tension between the North and the South before the dawn of the American Civil War. After explaining the main premise of the raid and its immediate outcome, Davidson and Lytle use historical records and analyses made by historians from the 20th century to explore the possible reasons and motivations behind John Brown’s infamous attack that would define him as a martyr to some and an insane criminal to others. The attack goes down in history as the triggering event behind the American Civil War; Harpers
The book uncovers how abolitionist fought for the end of slavery and how they contributed to the coming of the Civil War. Abolitionist movements led to the emancipation of slaves and put an end to racial discrimination and segregation in the United States. Harrold presents the themes of feminism, black abolitionists and anti-slavery violence in the US. In the chapters of the book, Harrold explains the tactics used by abolitionists to end slavery in the South and refutes claims that they abandoned the South after the mid 80’s. He further explains why the anti slavery movement for women’s rights and the emergence of the Civil War were important.
Frederick Douglass knew what the act of slavery was like, he experienced it. So he despised the fact that Lincoln chose uniting the Union as one over ending slavery, immediately. It was clear what Lincoln’s act was; many critics of his called him a tyrant and that was wa... ... middle of paper ... ...after the Civil War, Frederick Douglass continued to think highly of Lincoln and his great speech. It was hard to believe that before the Civil War, the two men disagreed and fought over the greatest and most awful sin committed, slavery. But they found a way to form the friendship that would last throughout history.
Slavery was the main reason for the start of the Civil War with events that happened due to slavery. For America slavery was a political, economic and labor system which made it the most controversial issue to be discussed and settled. Over this decade, Americans became more and more divided over the issue of slavery until the Civil war would finally end the dispute. Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Compromise of 1850, and The Fugitive Slave Act were all major factors in the 1850s that changed America and led to the civil war. Books were a way for people to connect with characters, Uncle Tom's Cabin did this.