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Pain is inevitable in a society fighting for and against electricity. This is a central theme running throughout nineteenth-century American literature, notably in work written during the latter portion of the century. The causes and effects, as well as the nature of the body and soul in injury paints a poignant picture of the problems and social changes America faced both during captivity and after its abolition. This is evident from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Charles Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition in which the wounding of the physical body and emotional soul features strongly throughout both texts. Published in 1853 following the departure of the Fugitive Slave Law, Uncle Tom's Cabin tells of the circumstances of various slaves as they experience various owners. Tom, the novel's protagonist, is a devout Christian slave who's ultimately crushed to death by his owner, thus embodying the numerous injustices and pain slavery produces. Written almost half a decade after Stowe and at the immediate wake of emancipation, Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition explicitly alludes to the 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina race riots where mobs of white people terrorized freed blacks, resulting in the deaths of eleven black people. The publication is a fictionalized account of this black-dominated city and portrays the true lack of electricity freed slaves held in addition to the insecurities of the whites who struggled to reaffirm their particular identity beside freed blacks. In a lucid accounts of life under slavery in the South, Stowe utilizes the trope of the American body under physical and emotional trauma as an agency to reflect the sufferings that the slaves had to survive, in turn imposing upon r.. .