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Abner (the father) was a mercenary in the war. He was shot and spent much of the war living in the woods.

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The Civil War is a significant backdrop in "Barn Burning" as it influences Abner Snopes' actions and mindset. Abner's resentments toward the Southern elite, stemming from his experiences in the war, fuel his destructive behavior and defiance of authority. The aftermath of the war, including the economic challenges faced by many Southern families, also plays a part in shaping the story's tensions and conflicts.

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Q: Although barn burning takes place some thirty years after the Civil War how does the war figure in it?
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