By Kevin Hillstrom
This quantity contains complete and excerpted speeches, bills, poems, memoirs, and novels reflecting quite a number perpectives in the direction of the Civil conflict, and contains history details on each one record and the effect it had at the public.
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These books generally argued that blacks were better off under slavery in 12 American Civil War: Primary Sources the South than they were living in poverty in the North. One Southern book that glorified slavery was called Uncle Robin in His Cabin in Virginia and Tom without One in Boston. Did you know . . • The term “Uncle Tom” is still used today, although its meaning has changed a great deal over the years. The main character in Stowe’s book is a gentle, patient, deeply religious man. His faith helps him to accept the hardships of slavery, because he believes that he will find a better life in heaven.
In the South, existing state militias rushed to join the Confederate Army, while in the North, volunteers flooded Union recruiting stations when President Lincoln issued his request for seventy-five thousand military enlistees. This eagerness to volunteer for military service continued in both regions throughout 1861 and much of 1862. But as the war dragged on and casualty lists grew depressingly long, both governments were forced to resort to military drafts to maintain their armies. • The Upson family’s neighbors were very confident of a Union victory.
New York: Hill and Wang, 1993. Stampp, Kenneth M. The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South. New York: Knopf, 1956. Reprint, New York: Vintage Books, 1989. Harriet Beecher Stowe 13 Theodore Upson 2 Excerpt from Journal of Theodore Upson Written in April 1861; originally published in 1943 A family’s reaction to the start of the Civil War T he Confederate attack on the Federal stronghold of Fort Sumter in April 1861 marked the beginning of the Civil War. The Confederate capture of Sumter made it clear that, after years of dark threats and bitter debate, the differences between the North and South would be settled on the battlefield.
American Civil War Reference Library: Primary Sources by Kevin Hillstrom