Hope Leslie: or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (Penguin by Catharine Maria Sedgwick

By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Set in seventeenth-century New England within the aftermath of the Pequod War, Hope Leslie not in simple terms chronicles the position of girls in construction the republic but additionally refocuses the emergent nationwide literature at the lives, household mores, and values of yank ladies.

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That war has been viewed as a revolution—as the second American Revolution—in three different senses. Lincoln played a crucial role in defining the outcome of the revolution in each of three respects. The first way in which some contemporaries regarded the events of 1861 as a revolution was the frequent invocation of the right of revolution by southern leaders to justify their secession—their declaration of independence—from the United States. ”6 Southerners created the Confederacy to protect their “rights” against a perceived northern threat to those rights.

But only five of the twenty-six justices appointed during the next half-century were southerners. These sweeping transformations in the balance of economic and political power between North and South undoubtedly merit the label of revolution. But this was a revolution in an external sense. It was only part of what contemporaries meant when they described the war as a revolution. More important, in the eyes of many, was the internal revolution: the emancipation of four million slaves, their elevation to civil and political equality with whites, and the destruction of the old ruling class in the South—all within the space of a half-dozen years.

Indeed, seven states had seceded and formed the Confederacy a month before Lincoln even took office. As northerners saw it, the South, having controlled the national government for most of the previous two generations through its domination of the Democratic party, now decided to leave the Union just because it had lost an election. For Lincoln it was the Union, not the Confederacy, that was the true heir of the Revolution of 1776. That revolution had established a republic, a democratic government of the people by the people.

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