Describe the view of slavery portrayed in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin shows that even "kind" slaveowners had negative effects on the lives of their slaves and that slavery was a vile institution no matter how nice a slaveowner might seem.

Uncle Tom is an elderly man who's one of the main characters in the book. When he's sold, he's purchased by someone who seems to be a nice person—and might be, except for being a slaveowner. However, the promises of freedom don't materialize because circumstances cause the man to die before he can free Tom. Therefore, Tom is sold to a man who beats him to death for trying to conceal the location of others.

In contrast to Tom, the Harris family manages to escape slavery. They run away when they worry that they'll be separated and sold to pay off debts as well. Even though slave catchers try to...

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