Abraham Lincoln once proclaimed, "So this is the little lady who made this big war." In the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, the author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, uses her book to tell of a slave's pitiful life. The book begins by introducing Uncle Tom, a pious black slave, who lives his life with strong Christian values. When his first master gets into large debts, Mr. Shelby has to sell Tom, even against his promise of granting him his freedom. Tom is then bought by Mr. St. Clare, who is a laid-back and compassionate master.
When President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of this powerful piece of literature, he declared: "So this is the little lady who started this Great War.” Stowe’s portfolio includes other literary work such as: Agnes of Sorrento, The Pearl of Orr's Island, The Chimney Corner, The American Woman's Home, and We and Our Neighbors. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is an anti-slavery novel published in 1852 with the intention of project the evils of slavery through its characters. Uncle Tom is a Christian, faithful, and honest slave that was sold to clear up his master’s debts. Eliza is the slave and personal maid of Mrs. Shelby that decided to escape to the north after discover that her son Harry was sold with Uncle Tom to Mr. Haley. Evangeline is introduced in the work when Uncle Tom rescued her from drowning.
For example, Stowe creates a character, Adolf, the overseer of sorts for St. Clare. Adolf is a slave who is not morally correct he steals from St. Clare often, yet he appears more human for doing so. The slaves or human but not divine, as are the masters, creating a sense of equality, which Stowe wanted to put across. She wrote the book well, choosing where it was best to put which idea, and making many allusions to historical events around the time, which made her book more popular to the people of her time by involving other things they knew of into the story. Overall, Uncle Tom's Cabin was well written, organized, and historically accurate.
Published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was an answer to the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 had declared that all runaway slaves that were caught were to be brought back to their masters. Stowe used the Fugitive Slave Act as “the stimulus for showing [her] white readers how slavery threatened American culture” (Robbins 534). Uncle Tom’s Cabin is an anti-slavery novel, and Stowe uses the novel touch upon all aspects of slavery and its long lasting effects on not only the slaves, but also their families as well as their masters and their masters families. Stowe introduces the reader to characters who feel real and who are suffering at the unforgiving and unjust hands of slavery.
Uncle Tom's Cabin as written by Harriet Beecher Stowe The novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin as written by Harriet Beecher Stowe and published in the United States in 1852. The novel depicted slavery as a moral evil and was the cause of much controversy at the time & long after. Uncle Tom’s Cabin had impact on various groups & publics. It caused outrage in the South and received praise in the North. It is in opinions and historical movements that the impact of this novel can be justified and shows how its publication was a turning point which helped bring about the Civil War.
Poganuc People, a story about a Yankee Town, is another Stowe novel that still carries merit today. B. Uncle Tom’s Cabin reveals the life and horrors of slaves in the 19th century. It opens with a scene where a “kind'; slave owner and a slave trader are dealing. Shelby, the kind slave owner, has fallen into debt, and must sell his favorite slaves.
“Is this the little woman who made this great war?” Lincoln said as he greeted the renowned author, Harriet Beecher Stowe. This abolitionist writer created her famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in response to the Fugitive Slave Law and the politics about slavery in the South. Some Americans even believed that Stowe and her book brought on The Civil War (Reynolds). Because of this, Harriet needed a way to attract more citizens into the anti-slavery cause. With her book, Stowe showed everyone the truth about slavery, even though not everyone agreed with her.
An Analysis of Uncle Tom's Cabin "The book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, is thought of as a fantastic, even fanatic, representation of Southern life, most memorable for its emotional oversimplification of the complexities of the slave system," says Gossett (4). Harriet Beecher Stowe describes her own experiences or ones that she has witnessed in the past through the text in her novel. She grew up in Cincinnati where she had a very close look at slavery. Located on the Ohio River across from the slave state of Kentucky, the city was filled with former slaves and slaveholders. In conversation with black women who worked as servants in her home, Stowe heard many stories of slave life that found their way into the book.
Andy’s wife is against slavery and begs Andy not to sell Harry.She is pleased with Eliza and Harry’s escape. When Eilza appeals to Tom for help he advises that she along with her son run and the two quietly slip into the night.Though Tom decides he will not do the same.Andy’s wife who is against slavery and begged Andy not to sell Harry is pleased with Eliza and Harry’s escape. Soon after the search for Eliza and Harry begins.The slave trader,Haley,along with two slaves track Eliza down but she narrowly escapes by jumping into a river.Haley then hires a slave hunter named Loker to continue to track her.Eliza and Harry end up being helped by a senator who claims to support slavery but is convinced by his wife to befriend them. Mean while ... ... middle of paper ... ...ate the importance of loving all humans.While Eliza and her family show how love will help a family through hard times.Also,Stowe weaves many examples of a mothers love into the story. She shows how hard slavery was on mothers who often had to deal with the lose of their young children.This book also addresses peoples desire for freedom not just from slavery but from everything that binds them in life.Uncle Tom’s Cabin demonstrates how some people ,especially the women of the South,though not truly slaves were not free.But they and the slaves alike made the best of their fate and fought it from within.
For example, Eliza was legally separated from her son, Harry, because selling the slaves was vital to paying off of debts for the Shelby family (Stowe, 1852, p. 51). This exemplifies the similarities between Uncle Tom’s Cabin and large plantations after the 1830s in that both slave owners would sell slaves for their financial benefit, which makes Uncle Tom’s Cabin a significantly accurate portrayal of large plantations after the 1830s. Along with the separation of Eliza and Harry, Uncle Tom and and Aunt Chloe were also separated due to the Shelby’s financial issues. Furthermore, Lucy’s baby was taken and sold by Haley without her knowledge. Lucy was lured away from her child, and when she returned the child was gone (Stowe, 1852, p. 208) This incident highlights the similarities of the methods in which slave traders would take to be able to conveniently sell slaves.