The Rise Of Uncle Tom's Cabin
1. “know-nothing” – The Know-Nothing party emerged during the mid-1850s and derived its name from the reluctance of its members to acknowledge its existence. Its rise was precipitated by the explosion of Irish and German immigration from the period of 1840-1860. During this time span, over 4 million Irish and German settled in the United States; the Irish made their homes mostly in the Northeast while the Germans went to Midwest. Members of the Know-nothing party were nativists who disliked the incoming immigrants as they felt the immigrants were taking away job opportunities and couldn’t be assimilated.
By 1854, the party had over a million members and worked to limit immigration to only Anglo-Saxon Protestants. …show more content…
4. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a massively popular novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe . It was first published in 1852 and sold over 300,000 copies in its first year of print. The novel depicted the horrors of slavery and portrayed slaves as victims of excessive white racism. The book was extremely influential with even President Abraham Lincoln, albeit cheekily, giving Harriet Beecher Stowe credit for igniting the Civil War.
5. Mary Chestnut – Mary Chestnut was a woman who was married into the family of a moderate Southern Democrat. The family was one of the most powerful in South Carolina and had a plantation which had an estimated 500 slaves. Despite being firmly entrenched in the Southern plantation lifestyle, Chestnut disapproved of slavery and was a feminist. Her book, Diary, gave an account of Confederate politics and shed light on the nuances of aristocratic life in the South during the Civil War. …show more content…
Turner was born free in 1834 in South Carolina and went on to become a minister before the Civil War. After the war had started, Turner helped recruit black soldiers for the Union and after it had ended, he went to work for the Freedmen’s Bureau. He experienced much discrimination at the Bureau and eventually left . Turner was elected to the Georgia State Legislature in 1868 but once again faced agitation by white supremacists. In the end, beaten down by the failure of Reconstruction, Turner began advocating separatism and the creation of black state. He though exclusion would be better than the friction caused by