Bull Run

by: Paul Fleischman

Publish date

This book was published in 1993.


The author of this book is Paul Fleischman. Another book this author has wrote called Joyful Noise won a Newberry Medal in 1898. This book is a bunch of short stories about many people in the time of civil war. These people are from the north and south, black and white, young and old. All the characters in this book have a different purpose, but two of them are Lily Malloy, a Minnesota farm girl, and Gideon Adams, a black soldier for the union.
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"We left, despairing of ever fighting the south." (Fleischman 15)

In this quote the black man in the union, Adams, is trying to enlist in the army and wants to fight the south because of how they treat African Americans.

"The wheat grew up past my knees, then my waist."

This quote from Lily Malloy, a minnesota farm girl, describes how after all the men in the house left the wheat was overgrowing and they were not selling it. Symbolism is displayed in that quote by showing that when the men left for war, women were left by themselves.

"Finally we approached a stone bridge that crossed Bull Run."

This is another quote from Adams meaning that he is about to fight his first battle in Bull Run. The war of Bull Run is about to begin and this war had a significant effect on the war.

Conflict and Solution

The main conflict of this book is the battle of Bull Run and the segregation of the black and white race. Each of the characters display their side of the issue of the split of the Union and the Confederates. The resolution is the civil war because it was the solution to the segregation.

Interesting Details

1. One of the most interesting details about the story is that one of the more brought up characters, Gideon Adams, was disguised as a white man to be able to fight in the war.

2. The difference in perspective between all the characters in this book and their stories surprised me the most.

3. The harsh communities the people lived in then. White slave owners were so cruel to the slaves and they made them work basically until almost death.

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Historical References

This book reveals all the hidden opinions of both sides of the war, the Union and the Confederacy.

1. It shows the horrific images of war and the peaceful images of wheat fields.

2. It shows the poverty of the slaves and the wealth of the plantation owners.

3. It shows that the union is equal for all races for the most part, and the segregation of the Confederacy.

All three of these are explanations revealed through the book.

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I think this is a very good book and I recommend everyone to read it. If you like to read about war or books about peoples perspectives about things then you will love this book.