The Red Badge Of Courage Essay

1895 Words Oct 13th, 2014 8 Pages
The Red Badge of Courage The American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865 in the United States. Many Southern slave states chose to secede and form the confederacy, and the Northern United States were called the Union. The war created many difficulties for citizens at home, in both the North and South. The Southerners suffered particularly because most of the war was fought on their land. Food shortages and inflation in the South made life very trying in war times. A pound of butter cost twelve dollars in Richmond, and cotton production became limited. As the war continued, support from the people faded on both sides. Congress became worried and issued a draft law in 1863. Able men between the ages of twenty and forty-five were required to serve if called upon by their state. These men also had the option to pay the government $300 or hire someone to take their place. The South also created a draft law, but men who owned twenty or more slaves did not have to enlist. In 1865, the Confederacy’s last resort was to draft slaves into the army, but it was too late, the Union had already won. The Red Badge of Courage is a novel written by Stephen Crane about the Civil War. Crane was born in New Jersey on November 1st, 1871. Stephen was the 14th and last child of Reverend John Townley Crane and Mary Helen Pack Crane. He went to prep school at Claverack College, and then moved to Paterson, NJ, with his brother. Stephen and his brother often visited New York, and…

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