The Abolitionist Movement

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How is a period of literature a response to the culture/history of that period? Much of the literature of the Civil War period included slave narratives and abolitionist writings. Slavery became more prevalent in the years prior to the Civil War; as did American and world-wide opposition towards it. The Abolitionist Movement began to strengthen during this time, especially in the northern states. Abolitionist writings and slave narratives were a response to the culture/history of the period because they greatly influenced the American white population to turn against slavery. One example of a highly influential anti-slavery piece is the The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was a former slave and a powerful orator.
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