Uncle Tom's Cabinby Harriet Beecher Stowe
Pub. Date: 02/28/1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Uncle Tom's Cabin was a sensation upon its publication in 1852. In its first year it sold 300,000 copies, and has since been translated into more than twenty languages. This powerful story of one slave's unbreakable spirit holds an important place in American history, as it helped solidify the anti-slavery sentiments of the North, and moved a nation to civil war.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe¿s name stands among the most famous in American history. Uncle Tom¿s Cabin is her most notable work and has become a legend. It is an intellectually inspiring novel, which opens the mind to a completely different world. Slavery is a topic which can be sensitive, but Uncle Tom¿s Cabin explains the harsh, Southern lifestyle in ways the average person can understand. Using Christianity and love, Stowe sways the mind of the reader to believe one of her obvious themes, the wickedness of slavery. The two different plots of Eliza and Tom delve into the idea of humane slavery as hypocrisy. Stowe was not an extreme feminist herself, but she gives indirect power to some of her female characters to make small changes in their world. Stowe contradicts the suggestion that slaves are inferior, and her book allows people to create opinions for themselves, especially in the North. ¿So you¿re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!¿ are the famous words by Abraham Lincoln proving this point. Uncle Tom¿s Cabin is much more than a remarkable story. Not only is it a great, from the heart history lesson, but an amazing learning experience as well.