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Years of writing about the novel Paul Laurence Dunbar Jane P Tompkins and Susan M Ryan among others admire Uncle Tom's Cabin for its social vision and artistry while James Baldwin and Sophia Cantave among others argue that the book's racism continues to promote misperceptions and that its prominence does ongoing damage A Chronology of Stowe's life and work a Brief Timeline of Slavery in America and an updated Selected Bibliography are also included. It s not really this book s fault that it sucks Harriet Beecher Stowe s heart was in the right place she aimed to expose the evils of slavery Abraham Lincoln is said to have called her the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war That s patronizing and it didn t but it didn t hurt eitherBut it hasn t aged well According to this book here sWhat Black People Are Like The African naturally patient timid and unenterprising The negro is naturally impressible to religious sentiment than the white The negro it must be remembered is an exotic of the most gorgeous and superb countries of this world and he has deep in his heart a passion for all that is splendid rich and fanciful a passion which rudely indulged by an untrained taste draws on them the ridicule of the colder and correct white raceI put uotes of this type in the comments below if you re really interested This comes across as racist because it totally is and here s the thing there were other people who wrote about slavery and did not make statements like these Black people Stowe s source for Uncle Tom himself in fact is Josiah Henson whose real life story you can read for free instead of this I know things were different back then but I also don t think we need to over complicate our historical relativism If someone were to ask me what I m reading and I were to feel compelled to explain myself I know it s racist I m not reading it because I like it then my conversation with the book as literature is condescending and it s outlived its usefulness and that s okay It s okay if it did some good once and it s run out of good now It s okay if it goes out of style We don t have to like burn all the copies But I do feel like when we have the opportunity to hear about oppression from the oppressed themselves then that s betterIt s true that slave narratives were written for white audiences with specific goals and formulae and often dictated to white ghost writers so this isn t totally straight forward But slave narratives are anyway authentic than Uncle Tom I guessAnyway back to the actual book Uncle Tom is frankly an Uncle Tom but to Stowe s credit she also supplies lots of other perspectives George and his uaker allies have a By any means necessary approach to slavery and Stowe goes out of her way to get us to root for their violent tactics I wasn t expecting that and I dug itOverall the book is badly sentimental Y know it s easy to make you have feels by describing like a woman whose children are stolen from her and then she gets raped You don t have to be a good writer to make a scenario like that powerful Stowe is an okay writer but she pours on the pathos she can t shut up about isn t this awful and I didn t really need it underlined There are a couple people here who take like fifty pages to finish giving deathbed speeches about Jesus and you re like good lord this makes Dickens seem aloof It s annoying So look this might be of interest to someone researching how white abolitionists felt back in the day but it s not particularly good literature and its ideas are woeful and that doesn t leave much

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This Second Edition is based on the original 1852 book edition published in two volumes by John P Jewett and Company Boston and includes all original illustrations The text is accompanied by a preface and detailed explanatory annotations to assist the reader with obscure historical terms and biblical allusionsBackgrounds and Contexts includes a wealth of historical documents addressing the issues of slavery and abolitionism New visuals in the Second. ONE READER S CONFUSION ABOUT WHY UNCLE TOM MEANS ANYTHING BUT HERO30 stars First I am glad I have finally read this book given its historical significance and the very positive impact that it had on American history That said from a literary perspective I didn t find this book to be particularly well written and am doubtful of whether it would be much remembered or considered a classic but for the aforementioned historical significance and the creation of the character of Uncle Tom on that below The prose is not horrible but neither is it exceptional It s just okay Since I assume everyone is familiar with the substance and background of the book I will not summarize it here Others have done a much bettermjob of it However I do want to share an observation about the main character Uncle Tom that struck me pretty hard Prior to reading this book if you would have asked me about the character of Uncle Tom I would have said that he was a character portrayed as a weak willed slave who did everything he could to please his white master no matter what abuses were heaped upon him This opinion wrong as I now think it is would have been based in large part on the derogatory nature of the term Uncle Tom in the African American community as someone who has sold out their heritage and beliefs in order to be successful After reading the book I don t think I can adeuately express how STRONGLY I disagree with that characterization I would place Uncle Tom among the pantheon of truly HEROIC figures in American literature Granted Tom was no Hollywood suare jaw who ard up and went Braveheart on the slave holders slaughtering them by the bushel However he was most definitely a HERO in the mold of Gandhi who NEVER ONCENEVER ONCE compromised his principals and belief in non violence and Tom CHANGED those around him both white and black for the better Tom s non violence came not from fear or cowardice but from his deeply held Christian faith and his belief that he would rather suffer unjustly as Christ did than raise a hand to another Whether you agree with that philosophy or not it is beyond debate that to accept hardship rather than compromise your inner compass is called INTEGRITYit s called COURAGE In one very memorable part of the book Tom is ordered by his sadistic slave owner to whip a female slave Tom refuses and is savagely beaten Thereafter Tom is repeatedly beaten because he continues to refuse to engage in conduct he finds reprehensible Despite this repeated abuse Tom NEVER NEVER backs down or compromises on his beliefs In fact the book goes on to describe the slave owner s realization that while he may own Tom s body he could never acuire his soul FOLKS FOR ME THAT IS A HERO How many people would subject themselves to that kind of abuse rather than rationalize their principals Reading that portion of the book I was struck by the similarities between that scene and a speech given by Gandhi in the movie with Ben Kingsley which I loved While speaking to a group of South African s about the need for non violent protest Gandhi says I am paraphrasing somewhat This is a cause for which I am prepared to fight but my friends there is no cause for which I am prepared to killHowever fear not for we can not loseThey can beat my body break my bones even kill methen they will have my dead body NOT MY OBEDIENCE I found Tom s struggle to be very similar and the character of Tom to be VERY HEROIC For that reason alone I bumped this up to 3 stars and HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book

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Edition include a selection of abolition posters and records of torture Also newly included is J Hector St John de Crevecoeur's eyewitness account of slavery as a visitor to the United States a selection from David Walker's Appeal and Henrietta King's autobiographical account of the horror of slaveryCriticism presents a balanced view of the ongoing controversy over Uncle Tom's Cabin in fifteen reviews and scholarly interpretations spanning than 150. 893 From 1001 Books Uncle Tom s cabin or life among the lowly Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom s Cabin or Life Among the Lowly is an anti slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe Published in 1852 the novel helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War according to Will Kaufman Stowe a Connecticut born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist featured the character of Uncle Tom a long suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings Uncle Tom s Cabin was first published as a footnote in a newspaper and when it became a book it sold millions of copies not only in the United States but all over the world and for years plays based on it Performed on the stage of theaters around the world President Abraham Lincoln was told in a meeting So you are the little lady who caused the great war the American Civil War Because the Civil War began nine years after the book was published some consider the publication of the novel to be the most controversial event in the history of novel writing This novel is one of the greatest products of the human mind Tolstoy praised after reading the book 1960 1982 1315 164 19 1335 533 1344 1346 1357 16071399


10 thoughts on “Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly

  1. says:

    ONE READER'S CONFUSION ABOUT WHY UNCLE TOM MEANS ANYTHING BUT HERO30 stars First I am glad I have finally read this book given its his

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    Wow I wish this was still reuired reading in schools Can you imagine a book that was credited by President Lincoln with bringing about the Civil War and is known to have so affected the hearts of readers that it changed their opinions of slavery is hardly read in the country whose face it changed?

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    This book is one of the most moving provocative pieces of literature I've ever read and it's the first time that I can recall being moved to tears from a book As long as I live I will never be able to remove from my mind the vision of Eliza pa

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    893 From 1001 Books Uncle Tom’s cabin; or life among the lowly Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom's Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly is an anti slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe Published in 1852 the novel helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War according to Will Kaufman Stowe a Connecticu

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    Uncle Tom’s Cabin highlights the disgusting evil and immoral times of slavery in American history This sentimental novel is fictional but shares truth in what life was like for slaves and how they were treated during these dark times It’s been said that this book helped lay the groundwork for the American Civil War This was a recommended read for my daughter’s American History curriculum but not a reuir

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    Talk of the abuses of slavery Humbug The thing itself is the essence of all abuse I remembered this uote from Uncle Tom's Cabin all of a sudden when I accidentally paraphrased it in a discussion on gun control at school Some issues can't be solved by half measures They have to be abolishedThere are books that shape who you are I remember when I first read Uncle Tom's Cabin as a young girl Before that I had only a vague idea of slavery in

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    It's not really this book's fault that it sucks Harriet Beecher Stowe's heart was in the right place she aimed to expose the evils of slavery Abraham Lincoln is said to have called her the “little woman who wrote the book that made this great war” That's patronizing and it didn't but it didn't hurt eitherBut it hasn't aged well According to this book here'sWhat Black People Are Like The African naturally patient timi

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    The main character of Uncle Tom's Cabin and at least one of the minor characters are freuently mocked by modern black activists rapp

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    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Uncle Tom's Cabin written in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe For some reason we didn't read this book in high school; possibly an excerpt or two was thrown in front of us but I honestly don't really remember reading it until freshman year of college Prior to reading it the silly and uneducated man I was thought Ms Stowe was an African American telling the story about slavery in America not all that different

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    I’m going to keep this one very short and relatively sweet Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a wonderfully forward thinking book full of optimism hope and one that captures the simple and honest nature that comes with a genuine hero who is