The Civil War also touched Emily Dickinson

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The Civil War also touched Emily Dickinson's life. Her brother Austin paid a conscript to  take his place in the war, avoiding it, but Emily's great friend Thomas Wentworth  Higginson led the first black regiment in the Union army, and one of her dearest friend's  husbands was killed by an explosion in the conflict. The American literary world was not closed to female writers, but it did not welcome  them, either. Harriet Beecher Stowe was the notable exception to the unspoken rules  barring women from the literary club. In 1852, Stowe published the immensely popular,  controversial novel  Uncle Tom's Cabin.  Despite the gains made in fiction by women like  Stowe, poetry was still considered a man's arena, especially in New England, where  heavyweights like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman practiced their art. Dickinson's father was liberal in some respects and conservative in others. He would 
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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