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antebellum era

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Definition pre-Civil War
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is set in the antebellum South.
  • Then we pulled up to a perfectly preserved antebellum mansion, surrounded by trees that had been planted by slaves.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • In Russia over a third of the bridegrooms and over half the brides are under twenty; the same was true of the antebellum Negroes.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Later, we strolled the grounds of the Oswald Plantation, a beautifully restored antebellum home that boasted some of the finest gardens in the state.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • One of the antebellum houses that survived was the home of William Faulkner, the legendary writer.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The bridge table is set up in Hilly's antebellum-style parlor with its deafening grandfather clock and gold swag curtains.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The antebellum period, one of my favorites.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • If you took a left, toward my house, you'd hit River, where all the restored antebellum houses lined the Santee.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • I stopped at the side gate to Henri Pichot's large white and gray antebellum house.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • It was a place of hushed, fragrant gardens, silent streets, and large antebellum houses.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The gravel road itself wound its way between antebellum farms, and she knew that for some of the farmers, life hadn't changed since before their grandparents were born.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • So Bubba and Kitty Offenhaus could only be found in their big new house, a rare combination of modern and classic, constructed largely of tinted glass between antebellum Greek columns.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The antebellum propaganda war between North and South had created in southern minds an image of the hated Yankees as an amalgam of money-grubbing mudsill Black Republican abolitionist Goths and Vandals.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • He knew also that before launching the field of landscape architecture, Olmsted had been a writer and editor who had journeyed throughout the antebellum South exploring the culture and practice of slavery.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • She is gliding down the antebellum tree-lined lanes of White Columns, one microplantation after another, still coasting on the residual kinetic energy boost that originated in the fuel in Studley the Teenager's gas tank.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • As long as the girls are uneducated, low-caste peasants like Meena, society will look the other way—just as many antebellum Americans turned away from the horrors of slavery because the people being lashed looked different from them.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Farmer's older sister remembered riding in the Blue Bird Inn down the town's fancy street, all overhung with Spanish moss and flanked by houses with antebellum-looking porticoes, and the Warden at the bus's wheel saying, "We'll get a house like one of these."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • His snarling insult of the night before, and his general mistreatment of Sophie, had trespassed on my dreams all night in various allusive masks and guises, and now to awake to behold the same midcentury urban face intoning these hokey antebellum lyrics was simply more than I could tolerate.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Chance wayne was once barman here; Stuff moves with an indolent male grace that he may have unconsciously remembered admiring in Chance, Boss Finley's mistress, Miss Lucy , enters the cocktail lounge dressed in a ball gown elaborately ruffled and very bouffant like an antebellum Southern belle's.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Conversely, when I hear black "leaders" talking about "Jewish slave owners" I feel angry and disgusted, knowing that they're inflaming people with lies and twisted history, as if all seven of the Jewish slave owners in the antebellum South, or however few there were, are responsible for the problems of African-Americans now.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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