Calebs Choice

Topics: Slavery in the United States, Compromise of 1850, American Civil War Pages: 3 (545 words) Published: December 12, 2006
The story Caleb's Choice, takes place
in northern Texas during the huge slavery
issue in 1858, before the Civil War.
This historical time in America was an ongoing
issue between the northern and southern regions
of the United States. The northern states were
opposed to slavery while the southern states
supported slavery.
The main character of the story is Caleb.
He is a fourteen year old white boy that lived
a rich life, attended a boys academy, and paid
no attention to the black boys that were dirty
and barefoot hoping to find a dime in the streets.
Then one day Caleb's privileged life took a turn
for the worst when his family had no more
money. He had to move from his home in
southern Texas to northern Texas to live with
his grandmother, until his father could make
some more money.
Caleb's grandmother, grandma Dulaney
was her name, owned an inn in Collin County.
On his way to her place his adventure began
and his eyes were open to a different kind of
life. He met many people along the way and
they all knew his grandmother and all spoke
very highly of her. For the last part of his
journey he was picked up by his grandmothers
hire boy, Micah Holland. Micah is the
character that changes Caleb's life forever.
Caleb is a strong character that knows
right from wrong. His character changes as
he sees the violence over slavery and the
Fugitive Slave Law in his new home town.
This law makes it a crime to help runaway
slaves and any person that assists a runaway
slave in any way, even providing food and
shelter could be put in prison and fined
or even worse killed, if caught by the wrong

Caleb's character plays a role during
a very difficult time in history when slavery
was accepted by some and not by others, and
the runaway law had people so divided.
One day Caleb had to make a choice between
the law and helping slaves be free. Caleb and
Micah were out cutting stovewood when a
big storm caught them by...
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