Analysis Of Mightier Than The Sword By Harriet Beecher Stowe

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David S. Reynolds, a Professor and specialist in American Literature, Studies, and culture. Who has a Ph.D. from the University of California and author of Mightier than the Sword along with a couple other book. Reynolds wrote “mightier than the sword” with the sole purpose of dismantling all affects the internationally famous book Uncle Tom 's Cabin written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, brought upon the United States to help abolish slavery and the forming of American culture from the late nineteenth century, and up to present day. Along with extensive information about Stowe 's life prior, during, and after the publishment of her revolutionary anti-slavery novel. Harriet Beecher Stowe, as according to Reynolds “a bookworm, had a creative…show more content…
Beginning early on with the death of her mother Roxana and followed with the deaths of her brother George. And perhaps the one that impacted her the most, was the death of her son Charley “who died of cholera in July 1849. Eighteen months old” (Reynolds 28). Although Stowe also struggled to find a religion that satisfied her completely, she and her family used religious based argument in their writing to fight the alcoholism the country was suffering during that time. She later on grew more devoted and focused her writings directly to the injustice slavery was to African Americans. Contributing to her dedication in protecting slaves and her fight against slavery, were the freed slaves they employed at their household, which Stowe became very close to. Aiding Stowe 's dedication was also inspired by the many real life stories she heard…show more content…
The more controversial once were the response many proslavery writers had against Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Proslavery politicians saw Stowe novels as Reynolds stated “as an explosive device that threatened to rip apart the nation” (152). The controversial novel Stowe created urged a response from slave owner’s points of views, which they felt were wrongfully classified according to the novel. Which later brought to light Uncle Tom’s Cabin competing novel which was Cannibals all! by George Fitzhugh. Fitzhugh used similar tactics that Stowe had previously used to show the immorality slavery was, but in contrary he argued that slaves were “better off than any free laboring population of the world” (159). Dred also by Stowe was like a response to Fitzhugh novel which began to look like a literary war between writers. Reynolds did an exceptional job in his book with providing points of view from both antislavery and proslavery points of views. Helping the audience acknowledge to controversy and mixed emotions Uncle Tom 's Cabin, Dred, and Cannibals all! brought upon all Americans during the
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