Uncle Tom's Cabin: Or Life Among the Lowly

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Among the most "banned" books in the United States, Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is a novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe which treats slavery as a central theme. Stowe was a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist. The novel is believed to have had a profound effect on the North's view of slavery. In fact, when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, President Lincoln is said to have commented, "So you're the little lady whose book started the Civil ...
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Overview

Among the most "banned" books in the United States, Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is a novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe which treats slavery as a central theme. Stowe was a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist. The novel is believed to have had a profound effect on the North's view of slavery. In fact, when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, President Lincoln is said to have commented, "So you're the little lady whose book started the Civil War." First published on March 20, 1852, the story focuses on the tale of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave, the central character around whose life the other characters-both fellow slaves and slave owners-revolve. The novel depicts the harsh reality of slavery while also showing that Christian love and faith can overcome even something as evil as enslavement of fellow human beings.

A guide to reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500386818
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/2/2014
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 501,310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His newest book is Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America.

Biography

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, in Litchfield, Connecticut, to Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist preacher and activist in the antislavery movement, and Roxana Foote, a deeply religious woman who died when Stowe was four years old. Precocious and independent as a child, Stowe enrolled in the seminary run by her eldest sister, Catharine, where she received a traditionally "male" education. At the age of twenty-one, she moved to Cincinnati to join her father who had become the president of Lane Theological Seminary, and in 1936 she married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary and an ardent critic of slavery. The Stowes supported the Underground Railroad and housed several fugitive slaves in their home. They eventually moved to Brunswick, Maine, where Calvin taught at Bowdoin College.

In 1850 congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law, prohibiting assistance to fugitives. Stowe was moved to present her objections on paper, and in June 1851 the first installment of Uncle Tom's Cabin a appeared in the antislavery journal National Era. The forty-year-old mother of seven children sparked a national debate and, as Abraham Lincoln is said to have noted, a war.

Uncle Tom's Cabin: Or, Life Among the Lowly met with mixed reviews when it appeared in book form in 1852 but soon became an international bestseller. Some critics dismissed it as abolitionist propaganda, while others hailed it as a masterpiece. The great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy praised Uncle Tom's Cabin as "flowing from love of God and man." Stowe presented her sources to substantiate her claims in A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon Which It Is Based, published in 1853. Another antislavery novel, Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, appeared in 1856 but was received with neither the notoriety nor the success of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Stowe fueled another controversy in The True Story of Lady Byron's Life (1869), in which she accused the poet Lord Byron of having an incestuous love affair with his half sister, Lady Byron. She also took up the topic of domestic culture in works that include The New Housekeeper's Manual (1873), written with her sister Catharine. Stowe died on July 1, 1896, at age eighty-five, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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After its publication in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold more copies than any other book up to that point, with the exception of the Bible.

When it was becoming a sensation around the world, Uncle Tom's Cabin was smuggled into Russia, in Yiddish to evade the czarist censor.

Between 1853 and 1859, Stowe made several trips to Europe, and forged friendships with fellow writers George Eliot and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Christopher Crowfield
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 14, 1811
    2. Place of Birth:
      Litchfield, Connecticut
    1. Date of Death:
      July 1, 1896
    2. Place of Death:
      Hartford, Connecticut

Table of Contents

Introduction by David S. Reynolds
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Preface
Chapter 1 CHAPTER I In Which the Reader Is Introduced to a Man of Humanity
Chapter 2 CHAPTER II The Mother
Chapter 3 CHAPTER III The Husband and Father
Chapter 4 CHAPTER IV An Evening in Uncle Tom's Cabin
Chapter 5 CHAPTER V Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
Chapter 6 CHAPTER VI Discovery
Chapter 7 CHAPTER VII The Mother's Struggle
Chapter 8 CHAPTER VIII Eliza's Escape
Chapter 9 CHAPTER IX In Which It Appears That a Senator Is But a Man
Chapter 10 CHAPTER X The Property Is Carried Off
Chapter 11 CHAPTER XI In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind
Chapter 12 CHAPTER XII Select Incident of Lawful Trade
Chapter 13 CHAPTER XIII The Quaker Settlement
Chapter 14 CHAPTER XIV Evangeline
Chapter 15 CHAPTER XV Of Tom's New Master, and Various Other Matters
Chapter 16 CHAPTER XVI Tom's Mistress and Her Opinions
Chapter 17 CHAPTER XVII The Freeman's Defence
Chapter 18 CHAPTER XVIII Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions
Chapter 19 CHAPTER XIX Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions Continued
Chapter 20 CHAPTER XX Topsy
Chapter 21 CHAPTER XXI Kentuck
Chapter 22 CHAPTER XXII "The Grass Withereth—the Flower Fadeth"
Chapter 23 CHAPTER XXIII Henrique
Chapter 24 CHAPTER XXIV Foreshadowings
Chapter 25 CHAPTER XXV The Little Evangelist
Chapter 26 CHAPTER XXVI Death
Chapter 27 CHAPTER XXVII "This Is the Last of Earth" 1
Chapter 28 CHAPTER XXVIII Reunion
Chapter 29 CHAPTER XXIX The Unprotected
Chapter 30 CHAPTER XXX The Slave Warehouse
Chapter 31 CHAPTER XXXI The Middle Passage
Chapter 32 CHAPTER XXXII Dark Places
Chapter 33 CHAPTER XXXIII Cassy
Chapter 34 CHAPTER XXXIV The Quadroon's Story
Chapter 35 CHAPTER XXXV The Tokens
Chapter 36 CHAPTER XXXVI Emmeline and Cassy
Chapter 37 CHAPTER XXXVII Liberty
Chapter 38 CHAPTER XXXVIII The Victory
Chapter 39 CHAPTER XXXIX The Stratagem
Chapter 40 CHAPTER XL The Martyr
Chapter 41 CHAPTER XLI The Young Master
Chapter 42 CHAPTER XLII An Authentic Ghost Story
Chapter 43 CHAPTER XLIII Results
Chapter 44 CHAPTER XLIV The Liberator
Chapter 45 CHAPTER XLV Concluding Remarks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Do not buy this!!!!

    This is only the first 4 chapters!!!!!!!! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Beware

    Book starts at chapter twenty nine. Save time and nook memory. Do not bother with this edition.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    Very realistic!

    Uncle Tom's Cabin is an eloquent classic that vividly exposes the brutality of slavery. The personality and morals of various characters in the novel really engage one's attention, reflecting the mindsets of individuals from 19th Century Southern Society. Although an extremely long read with an uninteresting plot, the novel's realistic and gruesome account of the lives of slaves will surely astonish and intrigue the reader.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    Amazing

    This book is a classic. It is a touching story about what slaves went through. It was even good enough to be put in the movie The King and I. That is what first moved me to read this book. Seriously give this book a try. You wont be disappointed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    And

    This is a fantastic book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    A Classic

    I had to read this book for a project in my American literature class last year and I really enjoyed it. Mrs. Stowe did an excellent job with characterization and descriptions. After researching her use of literary techniques, I could really appreciate her style of writing. It was a very well developed story with very interesting characters, all off them had their own story. I love how you could see the author's faith shine through in the book. It really gives you a different perspective on the religion of the day. I recommend this to readers who are up to a challenge as it is a rather hard book to just sit and read.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Amanda

    Greetings...My godly parent is Athena, and I rped at greece for a while.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Classic

    After so many years i finally read this classic and i must say its an emotional rollercoaster.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    The Ugliness of Slavery

    While the events described in this book may seem highly unethical, the author had little recourse except to depict them in a straightforward manner. Slavery was not and is not ever a pretty picture. Readers turned off by the content are forced to acknowledge the degrading conditions of the oppressed in the antebellum U. S. South.

    That Uncle Tom could maintain such a positive sense of self-dignity and deep spirituality through the atrocities visited upon him, represents the indomitable spirit displayed by many African Americans during the era portrayed in this novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    A must read,, i loved it.

    As an african american i think this is a must read. I never knew how compelling this book would be. Even with the errors it was still worthy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Stowe's Classic

    This classic is a must read for those who have missed this tale of the pain of human suffering in slavery...a pain that must not be forgotton, ever. I enjoyed this book as a 'reading again' experience, as classics such as this always have new meanings and enlightment with each reading. I highly recommend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Kirsten

    A skinny brunette walked in. Her dark blue eyes twinkled, and her slightly curly hair flowed nicely over her shoulders. She had an athletic body, she was flexible, and her personality was Sugar, Spice, and everything in between. She was wearing a blackbsee through shirt with a neon pink bra, black booty shorts, and neon pink stilettos. Herdark hair had a neon pink at the tips and she ad dimples. "Hey."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Jenjen

    Awesome! We are studying this in social studies!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Great book.

    Something that everyone should read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    good but sad

    Good book but sad how slaves lived that way

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Thought provoking

    Made me think of slavery in a whole new way. Highly recommended reading material.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Hard To Understand

    I loved the plot of the story, but it was so hard to understand. The language is of the old days, and I feel that the switching of charecter to charecter is very confusting.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    bad copy

    of course the same great classic, but something went wrong when they tried to convert the scanned pages to text, making it very difficult to read. invest a dollar and get a different copy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Worth the effort

    Upon reading this work it was easy to see how it came to influence the end of slavery. The call to action for Christians was well written.

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