Should Uncle Tom's Cabin be taught in school? In many schools the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is no longer taught. Do you agree or disagree with this decision? Why or why not?

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I think the book would be a great supplement to a history class.  It definitely would give students a perspective on thinking at the time.  The book also has literary merit, and is not as simple as it first seems.  English classes can use it to tie in to American history.

Uncle Tom's Cabin should be studied as an important historical work in the Abolition Movement, but only in excerpts at the grade school level; there is just not enough justification to dedicating the time that it would take in class to teach that novel when you think in terms of what the students could take away from it.  Most school curriculums overlook Stowe's book in favor of more approachable texts that have more literary value, like Huckleberry Finn. Like post #2 pointed out,...

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