The American Civil War

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The novel March is one of the greatest depictions of the American Civil War in all of literature. March gives the reader an in-depth look at the everyday struggles of the United States through a soldier prospective during this time. It also show that even during this time of what was supposed to be revamping of the nation, many citizens and slaves alike in the broken mindsets that have led up to this point. One of the greatest examples of this is the relationship between Mr. Canning a lawyer for Illinois and the slaves at Oak Landing. This relationship is introduced to the reader in chapter six when the main character Mr. March who is a Chaplin in the union army is reassigned to this plantation. While at dinner with Mr. Canning on his very first night on the plantation, Mr. March begins to question Canning about many of the things that he finds issue with on the plantation. In response Canning says “Yet we both have a role to lay in the betterment of the Negro’s condition. I came here with more that an ordinary interest in the free labor enterprise.” Ch. 6 Pg. 97 Line 20-22. In these few sentences the reader can truly understand the mindset of an inter nation simply because Mr. Canning is from originally from the north where during this time slavery is not warranted, but at the simply chance of a profitable return he is willing to dehumanize individuals just like the people that his arm is fighting.

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