The Approaching Fury

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Harper Collins, Jun 23, 2009 - History - 100 pages
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THE APPROACHING FURY: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861

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Reconstructed first-person dramatic monologues by 13 characters in the first act of our nation's greatest tragedy. Novice playwrights learn that conflict makes for good theater but exposition doesn't ... Read full review

The approaching fury: voices of the storm, 1820-1861

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Acclaimed biographer and historian Oates (A Woman of Valor, LJ 4/1/94) draws on his earlier work concerning Nat Turner, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln to script a series of dramatic autobiographical ... Read full review

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Page 227 - We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. "A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Page 430 - One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war.
Page 230 - Two years ago the Republicans of the nation mustered over thirteen hundred thousand strong. We did this under the single impulse of resistance to a common danger, with every external circumstance against us. Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under .the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud and pampered enemy. Did we brave all then to falter now ? — now — when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered...
Page 342 - And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit. and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Page 163 - Americans, South as well as North, shall we make no effort to arrest this? Already the liberal party throughout the world express the apprehension " that the one retrograde institution in America is undermining the principles of progress, and fatally violating the noblest political system the world ever saw.
Page 200 - This they said, and this they meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth that all were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact, they had no power to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit.
Page 243 - I have only to say, let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man — this race and that race and the other race being inferior, and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position — discarding our standard that we have left us.
Page 255 - Can the people of a United States Territory, in any lawful way, against the wish of any citizen of the United States, exclude slavery from its limits prior to the formation of a State constitution?

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