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Civil War Literature. 1850-1880. Most of the literature in this period focused on the historical situation in America at this time: Conflicting ideas of the North & the South. Major Genres: letters, speeches, narratives. Statesmen: Abraham Lincoln Robert E. Lee Novelists:

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Most of the literature in this

period focused on the

historical situation in America

at this time:

  • Conflicting ideas of the North & the South
major genres letters speeches narratives
Major Genres: letters, speeches, narratives
  • Statesmen:
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Robert E. Lee
  • Novelists:
    • Louisa May Alcott—Little Women
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe—Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Slave Narratives:
    • Sojourner Truth—Narrative of Sojourner Truth
    • Harriet Jacobs—Life of a Slave Girl
    • Solomon Northup—Twelve Years a Slave
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Major Genres: letters, speeches, narratives
  • Activists:
    • Booker T. Washington
    • Susan B. Anthony
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Poets:
    • Walt Whitman
    • Emily Dickinson
frederick douglass the north star
Frederick Douglass: The North Star
  • 1st African-American newspaper
  • 3 beliefs
    • The worst thing about being a slave is knowing that you are a slave.
    • No one can enslaved if he/she can read, write, and think.
    • The prime way to enslave another human is to keep them from learning.
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Poets: Whitman & Dickinson
  • Whitman:
    • Free verse:
      • irregular rhythm
      • irregular meter
      • no rhyme
      • Mimics the cadence of human speech
    • Catalog—long lists of related things, people, or events
    • Great admirer & proponent of Lincoln
      • “O Captain, My Captain”
      • “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”
    • Wrote of the universality of the human race
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Poets: Whitman & Dickinson
  • Dickinson
    • Used signature dashes for emphasis
    • Used slant rhyme in addition to exact rhyme
    • Subjects consisted of:
      • Nature
      • Death
      • Spirituality
    • Chose to withdraw from society as means of protest