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Although the United States was founded on the concept of justice, the mid-nineteenth century was a time when injustice in American society was reflected in the writing.

Write in your own words as if you were taking a test in a classroom; copy nothing.
Although the United States was founded on the concept of justice, the mid-nineteenth century was a time when injustice in American society was reflected in the writing.
(Add two sentences to this introductory paragraph. How important is the concept of justice and the existence of injustice in mid-1800s writing? Do not discuss any specific examples or authors in the introductory paragraph.)
First, some Americans thought the Mexican War was unjust.
(Discuss Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” as an example of concerns about the Mexican War. Specific title and content from the writing required. Copy no quotes from the essay.)
In addition, the injustice of slavery divided the nation.
(Discuss specific literary works on the syllabus that show the advocacy for abolition of slavery in the writing of Cushing, Child, Lincoln, Douglass, Jacobs, Whitman. USE FOUR OF THE SIX WRITERS. Both specific titles and specific content from works on syllabus relating to the topic are required for credit. Copy no quotes from the literature.)
Finally, injustice was the focus of the efforts to gain full citizenship rights for women.
(Discuss specific literary works on the syllabus that show the advocacy for women to gain rights in the writing of Stanton and Fern. USE BOTH WRITERS. Both specific titles and specific content from works on syllabus relating to the topic are required for credit. Copy no quotes from the literature.)
In conclusion,
(Write your own topic sentence for the concluding paragraph. Use at least two good sentences. Based on the writing, what generalization can you make about the importance of the concept of justice and the existence of injustice found the writing in American society during this period of American Literature?)