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William Lloyd Garrison Publicly Burns Copy of the Constitution
A known abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, saw moral persuasion as one of the only means to an end for slavery. Garrison despised politics for he saw them as corrupt and filled with unnecessary compromise. In 1854, as an act of rebellion, Garrison burned a copy of the constitution because it permitted slavery.
Silver Discovered in Nevada
In 1859 several prospectors discovered a large silver deposit called the Comstock Lode in what was previously a very small gold mine. This discovery turned nearby cities like Virginia City, into boom towns. It was the first silver discovery in the United States and started the silver rush.
Multi Ethnic Literary Works
During the 1850s multi ethnic author's works started becoming prominent in the northern states. One of the most famous was Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her novel galvanized the opinions of the people, and converted more people to anti slavery by exposing the harsh realities the slaves endured.
First Uniquely American Entertainment Form
The minstrel show was a highly controversial entertainment form that was very popular from the 1850s through the civil war. In this comedic routine, musicians, or minstrels, used racial stereotypes to entertain their audiences, even going as far as to paint their faces black in order to fully impersonate African American slaves. (due to viewer discretion we will not include a picture for this subject)