Gaines used allusions on multiple occasions. In chapter 8, Matthew Antoine references Hitler as well as the Klu Klux Klan when speaking to Grant: “Nothing pleases me more than when I hear of something wrong. Hitler had his reasons, and even the Ku Klux Klans of the South for what they do. You don’t believe me, do you?” (Gaines 52) By using this reference, it illustrated the severity of the alienation of blacks in the Southern United States. In 1619, a Dutch ship “introduced the first captured Africans to America, planting the seeds of a slavery system that evolved into a nightmare of abuse and cruelty that would ultimately divide the nation”. The Africans were not treated humanely, but were treated as workers with no rights. Originally, they were to work for poor white families for seven years and receive land and freedom in return. As the colonies prospered, the colonists did not want to give up their workers and in 1641, slavery was legalized. The northern states prohibited slavery between 1770 and 1804, but it was still prominent in the southern states. In 1808, congress made the import of new slaves illegal but by 1860, the slave population was almost 4 million. In 1850, Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Lincoln wanted to abolish slavery, but the war aim of the central Union was to save the United States first. In September 1862, five days after the Union victory in Antietam, Lincoln declared an emancipation proclamation to free the slaves. The Emancipation
. Sam Houston was born in Virginia on March 2, 1793. He was a husband, father, soldier, lawyer, a congressman from Tennessee, Governor of Tennessee, he was a drunk, adopted Cherokee, major general of the Texas Army, President of the Republic of Texas, Texas Representative, and a Senator from Texas. One of the biggest roles he played in his life time was being governor of Texas around 1859 till 1861. He participated in the War of 1812, he was involved in Tennessee politics. His participation within this war showed his military ability and attracted the attention of General Andrew Jackson. He eventually became a Jacksonian politician. He was wounded at horseshoe bend, and then become governor of Tennessee in 1827. He soon resigned in 1829 after a failed marriage. He had spent a
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a war torn father, an educator, and most importantly a fearless and honorable military leader during the Civil War and the Mexican-American war. He had a rough past and a bright future, this man truly knew the definition of bravery and honor. He was so confident that he stood in the face of death with no fear or regret. Until his ironic death on May 10th 1863, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s name is known by many but few know the true story. This great military leader is still studied today. This is my essay on the legacy and leadership of Stonewall Jackson.
The United States of America is peaceful, however, the USA wasn’t always a peaceful, slave-free area. In 1787, in order to “create a more perfect union,” 13 states joined together. The men who wrote the Constitution had hope for the future of the Union, but they knew their dream for the Union to last forever was nearly impossible. The real question being stated is The Civil War: Why Did Texans Fight? Texans battled in the Civil War to defend states’ rights, for their love of Texas and their families, and to preserve slavery.
Thomas Stonewall Jackson, born January 21st, 1824 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and died May 10th, 1863 in Guinea station, Virginia. He was a very well known Confederate general during the Civil War. Thomas Stonewall Jackson was a very accomplished general, because he won the first Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Chancellorsville, and he graduated from West point academy 17th out his class of 59 students. These victories helped Stonewall earn his name as one of the greatest generals in American history. Though Stonewall died very young due to sickness and injury, he still achieved a lifetime of success.
Private Trip, who is played by Denzel Washington, was a runaway slave from Tennessee. He was a very arrogant and complex man who was constantly searching to fights. He tried to get into fights with Thomas due to his hatred to him and due to his education and privileges he had. From the start of the movie, his anger and his resentment of the white men was usually taken out on his fellow soldiers. There were even cases that he would start fights with the white soldiers because they would say the 54th would have no chance to fight in the field and he knew he was tougher than other men he served with. He was there for fighting the fight only. He would show very little respect to his commanding officers and to Shaw because he was promoted to Colonel
Before Europeans even knew of the Americas there were Indians. The Indians had diverse cultures and conflicts with each other. There were hundreds of different groups of Indians. Most hated each other and killed each other. Some sought to get beyond murder and cannibalism. Deganawida was one such man. He sought for peace among Indians. He helped found the Iroquois confederacy through his desire for peace. He did this with the help of a Onandaga who was living among Mohawk Indians named Hiawatha. The Iroquois were also known as the Five Nations. It became known as the six nations after the Tuscarora joined in 1722. The Iroquois Confederacy was in New York closer to the Great Lakes. Deganawida and the Iroquois had an significant impact on tribal relations in
The death of Meriwether Lewis still remains a great mystery. For 200 years, it was claimed to be a suicide, but many other sources of evidence proves this wrong. He was secretary for Thomas Jefferson. He was also the number one hero in the country. He was even named the governor of Louisiana! Lewis had a successful expedition and came across new discoveries. Before he died, he was on his way to Washington for financial problems. He was being denied money. Lewis stopped at Grinder Stand and that’s when everything went down. Meriwether Lewis was murdered by conspiracy.
Robert E. Lee’s (1807-1870) contribution to the United States as a war general and commander received positive connotations for his commitment, attitude and inspiration on the battlefield. However, it is debateable about his contributions because of Robert Lee’s association in the Civil War (1861-1865) to the Confederate Army that fought for the Southern States. Robert Lee lead many successful campaigns and battles including the following; helping defeat Mexican armies that lead to U.S land gains and westward expansion, battles against a more powerful army in the Civil War. Despite these achievements Lee’s loyalty for the Confederate Army that fought to uphold slavery undermines his success and is highly debateable about whether his contribution is justified or not.
President Lincoln stated that: “if I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it,..., and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do it.”. This quote clearly shows that the freedom of slaves was not his concern and unnecessary if it did not help the Union; as the result, slavery still exists if there is no war. Free slave from bondage should be a Great Emancipator’s primary goal and he will do his best to achieve it no matter what, but president Lincoln’s thought differed from that because all he cares was the Union. Although he had many times admitting himself an anti-slavery but his words and thoughts obviously prove that he is
Lee favored offensive Napoleonic warfare tactics as opposed to defensive strategies. He also despised the use of paid spies. There were advantages and disadvantages to his loose commanding style. This style was good because it showed his trust in his men to execute their orders without him needing to overwhelm them by micromanaging. The downside of this commanding style was that his complete trust in his men would often result in disappointment and Lee being left blind in enemy territory for days. While Lee was a very hardworking general, he never issued any written orders and had a lack of organization. His lack of organization was a contributing downfall in surrendering to the North after General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s death.