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Collisions of Conflict

Studies in American History and Culture, 1820-1920


Jerzy Sobieraj

This book explores and analyzes the problems and challenges that have resulted from the Civil War, Reconstruction, slavery, and segregation in North America. These painful chapters in American history have continued along racial and regional lines and are of particular interest today when the USA are for the first time governed by an African American president. The postscriptum extends the main narrative by focusing on selected writers’ activities and fiction during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
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1820 The Missouri Compromise admits Maine and Missouri to the Union as a free and slave state respectively. In territory north of 36° 30’ latitude slavery is prohibited.

1831 William Lloyd Garrison starts publishing The Liberator, an abolitionist newspaper. A slave revolt in Virginia led by Nat Turner.

1833 The American Anti-Slavery Society established in New York.

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