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Chapter 19 Identities Uncle Tom’s Cabin Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a mother of five, detested the horrors of slavery. Stowe was inspired by both her own morality and the religious crusades of the Second Great Awakening. The book became extremely popular, and contributed to the political tension over slavery between the North and South. George Fitzhugh George Fitzhugh was a Virginia-born social theorist who was an ardent supporter of slavery. He wrote pieces such as “Slavery Justified” and “Sociology for the South” in the wake of debates over the morality of slavery. Fitzhugh’s most famous argument was that, under slavery, blacks were financially secure; Fitzhugh argued that blacks would not be able to adapt to the environment of the free market, as they were dependent upon their masters to do that for them. Birth of the Republican Party The Republican Party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin to oppose the expansion of slavery into the Western territories. The new party found most of its support with the people of
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