1860-1869

Our second week of contextual historical studies was full of the word juxtaposition! We found out that Alice in Wonderland was written in this decade by a man named Lewis Carroll; whilst one of the world’s most influential children’s books was being written there was also a huge civil war taking place in America between the Union of America up north and the Confederates down south. ‘Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.’ – Abe Lincoln Gettysburg Address. Abe Lincoln wanted equality in his nation and was against slavery, but the south did not agree with him on this idea as their half of the country relied on having many slaves to grow and harvest crops. That is the reason the two halves of the country turned against each other; I do understand the south’s reason to want to keep slavery enforced as they relied on slaves so much to do the jobs they particularly did not want to do but Abe was right in so many ways about equality and I continuously wonder what the world would be like if his law against slavery was not enforced.

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