Benito Cereno

Benito Cereno - South really wants these states to be...

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Benito Cereno + background of Civil War 09/04/2008 03:56:00 Novella by Herman Melville Nov 1860 Lincoln is voted in as president Dec 1860 South Carolina secedes from the Union Feb 1861 The Confederate States of America is formed Mar 1861 Lincoln is sworn in as president Apr 1861  Fort Sumter is attacked; Civil War begins 1855:  Benito Cereno a comment on the nation – lots of symbolism an American empire that doesn’t see itself as an imperical power (at least, not  as the old empires of Europe are) crucial time in America, leading up to the Civil War
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Mexican-American war – get 5 new states in treaty
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Unformatted text preview: South really wants these states to be pro-slavery 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Aldago Compromise of 1850 o California can be a free state if Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law thus Northerners must be complicit w/slavery. Law makes it illegal to harbour or aid fugitive slaves. o This creates a ton of tension, things start to break down between the North and the South 1799 when story takes place. It alludes to these issues through symbolism while not actually addressing them. 09/04/2008 03:56:00 09/04/2008 03:56:00...
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