Uncle Tom's Cabin Questions and Answers
by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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How did Harriet Beecher Stowe impact the world in three ways?

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After a little research, I see six aspects. Through her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and other abolitionist works, Stowe brought to public attention the following issues:

  • the rampart abuse and corruption in the African slave trade, still in vigour at the time.
  • the mistreatment of slaves in the Southern states and the denigration of their dignity and basic human rights.
  • the disparity between Christian ethics "preached" and what was actually practised.
  • the dilemma of conflict of loyalties the abolitionist position evoked to otherwise law-abiding white citizens.
  • the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Law, in which an escaped slave in a free state could be captured and returned to his/her owner.
  • the dubious future awaiting slaves once their freedom would be assured.

Apart from the three references listed below, see also the following concerning Stowe's personal life:

http://www.enotes.com/harriet-beecher-stowe-salem/harriet-beecher-stowe-9810001424

 

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