American Civil War Reference Library: Primary Sources by Kevin Hillstrom

By Kevin Hillstrom

This quantity contains complete and excerpted speeches, bills, poems, memoirs, and novels reflecting a variety of perpectives in the direction of the Civil battle, and comprises historical past details on every one rfile and the impression it had at the public.

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6 American Civil War: Primary Sources Haley nodded, and smoked on. ” said the man. “Wal,” said Haley, “I’m fillin’ out an order for a plantation, and I think I shall put her in. They telled me she was a good cook; and they can use her for that, or set her at the cotton-picking. She’s got the right fingers for that, I looked at ’em. Sell well, either way;” and Haley resumed his cigar. “They won’t want the young ’un on the plantation,” said the man. “I shall sell him, first chance I find,” said Haley, lighting another cigar.

Night came on,—night calm, unmoved, and glorious, shining down with her innumerable and solemn angel eyes, twinkling, Harriet Beecher Stowe Slack: Weak. Dumb-stricken: Made unable to speak by shock or astonishment. Consolation: Comfort. Soliloquized: Said to himself. Generalize: Expand the details of a particular situation to form an overall conclusion or widely applicable principle. Lawful trade: A legal and accepted job or occupation. Divine: Clergyman or preacher. Solace: Console or provide relief from grief or anxiety.

Tom stretched himself out on a box, and there, as he lay, he heard, ever and anon, a smothered sob or cry from the prostrate creature,—”O! What shall I do? O Lord! ” and so, ever and anon, until the murmur died away in silence. At midnight, Tom waked, with a sudden start. Something black passed quickly by him to the side of the boat, and he heard a splash in the water. No one else saw or heard anything. He raised his head,—the woman’s place was vacant! He got up, and sought about him in vain. The poor bleeding heart was still, at last, and the river rippled and dimpled just as brightly as if it had not closed above it.

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