Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote two prefaces for two new French editions, in which the first was translated by Louise Belloc and published by Pierre Charpentier and the second was translated by Léon Pillatte and published by Victor Lecou. Her prefaces to the French edition focused heavily upon the religious aspect in how Jesus Christ cares for even the lowliest of mankind. Rather than focus on political arguments, Stowe related the abolition of slavery to obeying God. She does this by declaring, “If each human being is a brother of Christ, injustice toward man is not only cruel and barbaric but ungodly and sacrilegious.” Stowe reproached the ministers who claimed that Christ authorized slavery and combats their claims with scripture from Paul that state, “Where there is the Spirit of the Lord, there is liberty.”
In her second preface for the second French edition, Stowe remaine...
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...ped a great sense of enthusiasm for abolition as a result of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Granted, the novel influenced the majority of the public mind in favor of the North when the Civil War broke out. While Stowe’s novel did not escape negative critiques about the lack of artistic quality, Stowe did not write this book for the purpose of art. Rather, Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin as a way to express the oppressed voice of the African American slave and to promote anti-slavery. Knowing that the French had recently abolished slavery, she wrote an edition to France expecting a wonderful outpouring–in which she was not disappointed. This is not true for all of Europe, but the French had an especially passionate and accepting response. The novel spread like a disease throughout Europe, influencing and affecting those who read it to feel sympathy for the African American slave.
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