The Man Without A Country by Edward Everett HaleThe Man without a Country is a short story by American writer, Edward Everett Hale, first published during the height of the Civil War during 1863 by the leading American literary magazine of the nineteenth century, The Atlantic. It is the story of an American Army Lieutenant Philip Nolan, who gets entangled with Aaron Burr in 1807, and renounces his country during his trial for treason, saying he never wanted to hear about the United States again. The Judge asks him to recant but Nolan doesnt. So the Judge granted his request and the rest of his life Nolan spent on Navy ships around the world. The officers and crew were not allowed to mention the United States.
This story came out during the height of the Civil War and served to help the Union recruit soldiers and people to their cause. It is noteworthy that Edward Everett Hales Uncle, Edward Everett, than man he was named after, gave the two hour featured address at Gettysburg just before Lincolns speech of 209 words and two minutes, that became the best acknowledged speech in American life. Everett, like Hale, was a total patriot and honest man, and immediately congratulated Lincoln on his fine accomplishment, You have done far better in your two minutes than I did in my 2 hours.
The Man without a Country is still considered a major American work and read widely in American schools.. A quiet calm read letting the story speak for itself.
The Man Without a Country
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He was swiftly arrested, tried, and convicted. It is the story of Philip Nolan, an army officer court-martialed for treason. I wish I may never hear of the United States again! The story, incidentally, is a masterpiece of realism. Hale liberally avails himself of real people and events, and there is no hint of his fiction.
Though the story is set in the early 19th century, it is an allegory about the upheaval of the American Civil War and was meant to promote the Union cause. When Burr is tried for treason historically this occurred in , Nolan is tried as an accomplice. During his testimony, he bitterly renounces his nation, angrily shouting, "I wish I may never hear of the United States again! The sentence is carried out to the letter. For the rest of his life, Nolan is transported from ship to ship, living out his life as a prisoner on the high seas, never once allowed back in a home port. Though he is treated according to his former rank, nothing of his country is ever mentioned to him. None of the sailors in whose custody Nolan remains is allowed to speak to him about the U.