By Kevin Hillstrom

This quantity comprises complete and excerpted speeches, debts, poems, memoirs, and novels reflecting a number perpectives in the direction of the Civil battle, and comprises heritage details on every one record and the impression it had at the public.

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His faith helps him to accept the hardships of slavery, because he believes that he will find a better life in heaven. ” In some of these shows, white performers painted their faces and imitated black people while singing songs and doing skits. The Uncle Tom character who appeared in these shows was so docile (meek) and subservient (submissive) that he humiliated himself. Over time, “Uncle Tom” came to be used as a negative term for a black person who is overly eager to gain the acceptance of whites.

As the people who lived in these communities decided whether to support the Union or the Confederacy, countless individuals met with harsh words or tears when they informed their families and friends of their decision. “Throughout the border and middle states, tragic scenes took place as families were split, in many cases never to be reunited,” wrote Stokesbury. ” News of the rebel attack on Fort Sumter, then, sparked very different reactions across the country. In many homes and cities, people engaged in patriotic celebrations and white men rushed to enlist in the gathering armies.

Upson was just a youngster when the Civil War broke out in the spring of 1861. But even though he could not enlist, he thought a great deal about what it would be like to go into battle against a Confederate Army that might include people he knew. Upson shared these thoughts in a personal journal that he kept. In the following excerpt, he recalls his family’s reaction upon hearing the news that the war had begun. Theodore Upson 19 Things to remember while reading the excerpt from the Journal of Theodore Upson: • Upson’s journal entries make it clear that many of his neighbors were eager to enlist.

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