The Red Badge of Courage
The Civil War officially started in 1861, yet problems between the North and the South date back as far as the early 1830s. The North was infuriated over slavery after a woman by the name of Harriet Beecher Stowe published her book Uncle Tom's Cabin. Stowe's book analyzed the life of a slave in an astonishing and realistic way. It caused many people to join the Union. Then the war began in July of 1861 when a Confederate army met with a Federal army at Manassen, Virginia. Many battles were fought until finally the north was victorious. Slavery was abolished, and the federal government's power was set as supreme power over all the land.
Stephen Crane was born on November 1st 1871, just six years after the end of the Civil War. Crane never cared much for schooling. Attending Syracuse University he was best known for playing baseball. Later he became well known as a poet, journalist, and novel writer. He went to cover the Greco-Turkish as a journalist. After that he lived in England for a few years. Crane also covered the Spanish-American war as a journalist for the New York World. Crane was obsessed with violence all his life; he loved war.(DMS Stephen Crane History Page.) At the age of 29 he died on June 5, 1900, suffering from tuberculosis, in Germany.
The Red Badge Of Courage commences with a new regiment for the Union army languishing for a battle. Jim, a friend of Henry (the main character) hears some rumors about their next movements. Jim tells a group of soldiers that their going to go around the enemy and attack them from behind. A few days later they started marching and they attacked. This is Henry's and many of the men's first battle, so he and a few others flee from the battle. Then Henry finds Jim after the battle. They talk for a while, then Jim dies. Henry feels guilty so he starts looking for the regiment. He comes across another Union soldier and they get in a fight, the soldier hits Henry on the head with his rifle. Henry makes it back to the regiment and tells them that the wound is from the battle so they won't think that he ran off. Henry is then nursed bye a soldier named Wilson. By morning Henry is ready to fight. He fights several battles and stays on the front lines, in that same day.
Over the history of human existence, people have been at war for...