How can I use gossip, doubt, and fear as themes seen in modern American cultural literature in a way pre-Civil War authors had never seen these?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is an intriguing question and seems to have two answers.

Yes, "gossip, doubt, and fear" might be analyzed as themes in post-Civil War American culturalal literature in a way that was not identified or seen by pre-Civil War authors because, post-World War I, white culture began to suffer these thematic "symptoms," if you will, in a way that was not culturally prevalent in the pre-Civil War ear.

No, "gossip, doubt, and fear" might not be analyzed as themes newly arisen after the Civil War because slave accounts (part of cultural slavery literature) makes it clear that these themes were daily factors of slaves lives: gossip that might lead to undeserved punishment; doubt about being able to survive, reclaim lost family or escape; fear, certainly, about every aspect of daily live.