The American Civil War
The American Civil War. On one side: a president, and two anti-slavery campaigners, one of whom would stop at nothing to achieve his ends; and on the other side: a president, a character from a book and an actor with murder on his mind! Will this re-run of the Civil War be won by peaceful or violent means? Read on to find out!
Also available, The American civil war guided reading
- Abraham Lincoln – Unionist President
- Jefferson Davis – Confederacy President
- John Brown – fanatical abolitionist
- John Wilkes Booth – actor & Lincoln’s assassin
- Sojourner Truth – anti-slavery campaigner
- Simon Legree – cruel slave manager (character taken from Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
Sojourner: You can’t be talking about Uncle Tom’s Cabin? That was a masterpiece!
Booth: You would say that! And what was your book called?
Sojourner: ‘Narrative of Sojourner Truth’ – though I couldn’t actually write it. I left that to Oliver Gilbert.
Legree: Illiterate, ignorant slave girl! Huh! What could you expect!
Lincoln: She might have been illiterate but she certainly wasn’t ignorant! Just because shechose to spend all her wealth differently from you!
Davis: A slave with wealth! Whoever heard of such a thing!
Booth: It’s true! That book about her proved a best seller. And she was a very fine lecturer – though I say so myself!
Lincoln: Well, her words weren’t delivered from a script! She spoke out about things that mattered! What a difference she made!
Legree: Abolitionism! What a cause to follow!
Brown: And to die for! If you really believe you’ve been called upon to do the Lord’s will, then the means justify the ends!
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