The pen is mightier than the sword, but the pen also possesses the power to spring the sword into action.
Writing is a powerful tool, which can bring many gifts, when mastered. Throughout history, great writers have shaped and molded whole societies and even history itself. Words (when carefully arranged) can shatter and idea, or form a new one. Words can hurt and can heal, can break and can fix. We can easily compare them to thousands of tiny hammers, faithfully striking the right chords in our hearts. It is in this way, that writers have shaped the world that we have today, and more specifically, America.
The civil war was a colossal movement, during which different parts of the United States turned against one another and clashed in a brutal, bloody brawl. The majority of the Northern States were against slavery, claiming that it was inhumane and wrong, while the majority of the Southern States were for slavery, claiming that it was right and good to own slaves.
All of this came to a head directly after the publication of a very famous novel about a slave family that was horribly mistreated. This novel was called “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” written by a woman named Harriet Beecher Stowe.
One of the most amazing things about ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was the way Stowe had such an influence on people about a political issue. At that time it was almost unheard of to get the opinion of a woman on something such as politics. Her book riled up emotions in readers (especially Northerners who had never had slaves, and knew virtually nothing about the subject) which fueled the growing tension between the states even more.
After the war was over, Stowe went to meet President Abraham Lincoln. He supposedly called her the “little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” He was indeed very right about this, because the influence of her finely told tale revealed to many the cruelties of slavery.
This is not the only time that writing has shaped, or changed America. From the beginning, America has been influenced by great writers. Look at Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, which was a pamphlet supporting American Independence. Consider The Federalist, a set of essays published by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. These individuals, along with countless others, have changed history, and deserve partial credit for the world and society that we live in today.
Creating an overpowering passion for or about a subject and spreading your ideas can change the lives of many. For the better? Hopefully. Forever? Possibly. The pen is mightier than the sword, but the pen also possesses the power to spring the sword into action.