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Ch 5: Influential American Civil War Writers

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Review engaging lessons that dive into the literature that influenced the Civil War. After these lessons, you can take quizzes that test your understanding of the material.

Influential American Civil War Writers - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Literature was an influential factor in the changes leading to the Civil War, as well as to the divisions that existed during the war. In these lessons, instructors will discuss Civil War writers and how they impacted the events during the Civil War era. During the lesson, instructors are available to answer questions, and you can check your own knowledge with quizzes. Lessons include information on topics like:

  • How Uncle Tom's Cabin contributed to the Civil War
  • How literature such as Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society impacted sectionalism in the U.S.
  • How The Impending Crisis of the South attempted to sway non-slave owning southerners
  • What Slave Narrative was and how the genre was used

Lesson Objective
Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War Outline the plot behind one of the most important novels in the U.S. and how it impacted the war.
Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society: Summary & Analysis Evaluate how the arguments in favor of slavery such as Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society impacted sectionalism.
The Impending Crisis of the South: Summary & Analysis Distinguish why Hinton Helper's critique of slavery targeted an audience of non-slave owning southerners.
American 'Slave Narrative': Definition & Overview Explain the 'Slave Narrative' and analyze these narratives as a genre.

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: Influential American Civil War Writers
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Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

1. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.

Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society: Summary & Analysis

2. Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society: Summary & Analysis

During the 1850s, numerous authors published works for or against the institution of slavery. This lesson explores George Fitzhugh's book, 'Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society' and his arguments in favor of slavery.

The Impending Crisis of the South: Summary & Analysis

3. The Impending Crisis of the South: Summary & Analysis

The years leading up to the Civil War were very tense in the United States. Hinton Rowan Helper's book, The Impending Crisis of the South was an important contributor to tensions between the North and South.

American Slave Narrative: Definition & Overview

4. American Slave Narrative: Definition & Overview

In this lesson we will look at the 'Slave Narrative.' We will discuss the definition and learn more about the genre as a whole. You will then be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension of the lesson.

Primary Source: 'The Hypocrisy of American Slavery' by Frederick Douglass

5. Primary Source: 'The Hypocrisy of American Slavery' by Frederick Douglass

Arguably the most famous abolitionist in American history, Frederick Douglass himself was a black slave who escaped from bondage in Maryland. His speeches and books helped advocate the antislavery cause.

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