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Across Five Aprils: Introduction
Across Five Aprils: Plot Summary
Across Five Aprils: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Across Five Aprils: Themes
Across Five Aprils: Quotes
Across Five Aprils: Characters
Across Five Aprils: Terms
Across Five Aprils: Symbols
Across Five Aprils: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Irene Hunt
Historical Context of Across Five Aprils
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- Full Title: Across Five Aprils
- When Written: 1960s
- Where Written: Illinois
- When Published: 1964
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Novel, Historical Fiction, Bildungsroman
- Setting: A small family farm in Southern Illinois during the American Civil War
- Climax: Jethro Creighton decides how he will handle the situation of his cousin, Eb, who has deserted the Union Army.
- Point of View: Third Person Limited
Extra Credit for Across Five Aprils
On the Dot. Irene Hunt was born and died on the same day, May 18, meaning she was exactly 98 years old when she passed away.
A House Divided. Among so-called border states (the states where slavery was legal but which did not join the Confederacy) and regions like southern Illinois, which bordered and had cultural similarities with the South, situations like the division between the Creighton brothers occurred with some regularity. Among many examples, that of the Terrill brothers, who fought on opposite sides of the Battle of Hartsville, Tennessee in 1862, comes the closest to the Creighton family’s situation in Across Five Aprils.