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By Menahem Blondheim

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin has usually been pointed out for its galvanizing influence on anti-slavery competition within the years ahead of the yankee Civil battle. Southern sympathizers within the North (known as Copperheads) by no means got here with reference to generating whatever that matched its effect. one of many extra fascinating makes an attempt used to be fortress Lafayette; or, Love and Secession (1862). the radical -- which gains liberal doses of affection and lust, intrigue and violence, loyalty and loss of life -- is by way of no capacity nice literature. It does, in spite of the fact that, lay declare to being the one pacifist novel of the Civil warfare. wooden was hoping to cajole his readers of the ethical unsuitable, the folly, and the hazards to republican govt of the battle within which the rustic was once engaged. the unconventional underscores the deep connections among american citizens on each side of the sectional clash, the soreness in their severance, and the discomfort introduced approximately by way of war.

For this reissue, Menahem Blondheim has supplied a unique advent to the unconventional, the politics of the period, and Wood's lifestyles and occupation. of Wood's Congressional speeches also are included.

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Hare, a Rhode Islander, and Oriana are engaged to be married. The story begins with the reunion of the four friends in the Weems’ Riverside manor overlooking the James, at the height of the Sumter crisis. The political situation generates vigorous arguments among the four, each holding a different position: Harold Hare and Oriana are extremists. Although engaged, each espouses the uncompromising stance of their respective native sections. Beverly is a Southern moderate, opposed to secession. Very much like Beverly, Arthur Wayne, a native of Vermont, is opposed to war, but unlike Beverly, is opposed even to participation in it.

The reporter, James B. Kendrick, supposedly had good connections with Southern leaders, having made their acquaintance in Washington during the 1850s when they served in Congress and Kendrick reported Congress’s proceedings to the Washington Union and other northeastern newspapers. Kendrick himself, testifying before the committee on 19 and 20 June 1862, con¤rmed that he was hired by Wood to cross the lines and report from Richmond for the Daily News. ” They could even reject Kendrick’s dispatches or demand alterations prior to their delivery to New York.

Very much like Beverly, Arthur Wayne, a native of Vermont, is opposed to war, but unlike Beverly, is opposed even to participation in it. [ 23 ] Copperhead Gore The heated political climate prompts neighboring Virginians to attack the guests from the North. They are led by Seth Rawbon, Oriana’s rejected suitor. Jealousy and political enmity culminate in a violent ambush on Oriana and her Northern guests. Wayne, the anti-war Northerner who was thought by Oriana to be a coward because of his objection to war, saves the company from Rawbon’s vicious attack in a daring act of physical courage.

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