Pros And Cons Of Elizabeth Van Lew

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Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy abolitionist, a woman who shows compassion towards the union despite her upbringing in a confederate state. A woman who actively bought slaves to free them, and later continued to her honorable deeds to benefit the union. This paper will argue that, Elizabeth Van Lew selflessly put the Union needs above her own, knowing that it was a dangerous act. Her motivations were pure and unselfish. The altruistic acts that she committed to resulted in her being one of the most successful and heroic union spies. The Van Lew family was one of Richmond most prominent and wealthiest families, Elizabeth father was also a well-known slave owner. Fortunately, Elizabeth parents could afford to send her to a school in Philadelphia,

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