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Ellen Creighton and her nine year-old youngest son Jethro are out in the fields planting potatoes. For this reason, Ellen favors Jethro and overlooks faults in him for which her other children would be punished.
Everyone knows that the real reason he is going is to find out news about the war that is expected to break out between the North the Union and the South the Confederacy.
Ellen dreads the possibility of war, but Jethro has been influenced by the excitement of his brother Tom and cousin Eb, who lives with them. Jethro then tells her about Copernicus, the astronomer who formulated the now accepted model of the universe that has the earth revolving around the sun.
As he works, Jethro reflects on a terrible episode inwhen his sister Mary was killed by a drunken youth called Travis Burdow while returning home from a dance.
Matt intervened and talked them out of taking revenge. He shares his thoughts about the President with his mother, who says that he faces a choice between two routes, either of which seems undesirable.
The family gathers in the farmhouse and eats lunch together. Ellen and Jethro are back out in the field when they hear a wagon approach. The Creightons offer him a bed for the night, and he accepts. Wilse thinks it may, and adds that the river states which adjoin the Mississippi river, an important trading route will find it difficult if Missouri and Kentucky join the Confederacy.
Wilse thinks that southern Illinois, where the Creightons are based, is closer to the South than the North. Matt says that his family are from Kentucky, but he feels that the Union must not be weakened by secession.
One of the men asks Jethro about Bill and gets angry at the prospect of Bill's betrayal. Jethro stands by Bill, and, later, the editor of the town paper, Ross Milton, takes Jethro to lunch to apologize. Milton and Jethro begin a friendship that lasts throughout the book. Key Facts. full title · Across Five Aprils. author · Irene Hunt. type of work · Novel. genre · Young adult, fiction, historical fiction. language · English. time and place written · ; while teaching at a grammar school in Cicero, Illinois. Across Five Aprils Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Across Five Aprils is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Wilse says it is only the North that has grown rich, and it does not care if the South starves. Ellen says that slavery is becoming increasingly acceptable, and a stand has to be made against it. Wilse argues that the South should be able to do as it likes.
He thinks the South could fight a war for years if need be. Wilse challenges the Creightons: John replies that plenty of whites do not enjoy comfortable lives in the northern cities, yet they are still better off than slaves.
Bill feels that the arguments over slavery have been exploited in order to drown out the issue of greed and close-to-slave labor in the rapidly industrializing North. Jethro realizes that his excitement at the prospect of war was premature.
Ellen asks for the arguing to stop and Wilse apologizes. Shadrach arrives back from Newton. Jenny asks Shadrach if the war has started. Shadrach replies that as Congress is not in session, it cannot declare war, but President Lincoln has asked for seventy-five thousand volunteers to sign up to the army, so in reality, the war has begun.
Chapter 3 By the summer, the Union has suffered another defeat at the battle of Bull Run. People no longer talk with bravado about a rapid victory for the North. Rallies are held to whip up patriotic feeling and to encourage men to enlist.
John and Shadrach plan to sign up and leave for the war by mid-winter. Tom and Eb leave for the war in late summer.Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store.
Across Five Aprils is a Newbury Honor-winning novel by Irene Hunt that was first published in Across Five Aprils study guide contains a biography of Irene Hunt, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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One of the men asks Jethro about Bill and gets angry at the prospect of Bill's betrayal. Jethro stands by Bill, and, later, the editor of the town paper, Ross Milton, takes Jethro to lunch to apologize.
Milton and Jethro begin a friendship that lasts throughout the book. 'Across Five Aprils' is a coming of age novel written by Irene Hunt that takes place during the Civil War years. This lesson will provide an overview of the book as well as a timeline of events.
The war strips away Jethro's identity. Tangibly, it takes away his brothers, his teachers, and his ability to enjoy the freedom of boyhood. Jethro must deal with this set of alien circumstances while at the same time growing up.