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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The central lesson Harriet Beecher Stowe wanted readers to learn after reading Uncle Tom's Cabin was that slavery was an unjust and un-Christian institution. The latter part of this argument is...

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin created strong emotional reactions throughout the United States, and can be understood as contributing to the growing tensions between North and South over the...

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

That the book is called Uncle Tom's Cabin rather than just Uncle Tom points to the symbolic significance of the cabin to the novel. As the novel opens, Uncle Tom lives in a cozy cabin on the Shelby...

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

While Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is often viewed as a factor that pushed the United States toward a Civil War over the issue of slavery, the impact of the novel has carried on more...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

One of the most significant and pivotal events of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is the death of Evangeline St. Clare, who is called Eva. Eva is presented as a Christ-like figure. She...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021, 1:33 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The three main settings in Uncle Tom's Cabin are the Shelby farm in Kentucky, the St. Clare household in New Orleans, and Simon Legree's cotton plantation. Through these settings, Harriet Beecher...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The eNotes Study Guide contains many thousands of words about every aspect of Uncle Tom's Cabin. It even contains a chapter by chapter summary of the novel. Under "References" (see link below) the...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2015, 7:11 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Up until Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, abolitionism was very much a minority pursuit. Even those personally repulsed by slavery and everything that it stood for found abolitionism...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

According to David S. Reynolds's Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the United States in its first year of publication...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

This is an important question, as considerations of audience dictated choices Stowe made in writing her novel that have been criticized in recent years. Stowe's audience was middle-class white...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The tone of Uncle Tom's Cabin moves from scathingly ironic to melodramatic, to sincere and sentimental to condescending. All of these tones convey Stowe's condemnation of slavery. The novel's...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Two of the most profound and pivotal death scenes in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin are the deaths of Evangeline St. Clare (Eva) and Tom. These scenes occur in chapters 26 and 41,...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2021, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin, a bestseller in both Europe and America in the nineteenth century, was banned in places such as Russia because those in power knew it threatened their own social order. It was...

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Augustine St. Clare is Uncle Tom's third owner in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. He goes out for a walk one day and stops at a cafe simply to read the newspaper. While he is...

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

George and Eliza were married by a minister and have a son together, who is named Harry. George and Eliza are both slaves, and they have different masters. Unfortunately, George's master, Mr....

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Lucy is sold away from her husband, along with her ten-month-old son. She ends up on the same ship as Uncle Tom, heading south. Lucy is grieved to be separated from her husband, but worse is yet to...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021, 4:08 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

George is in an especially despondent mood after the savage whipping he's just taken from his master. He's an exceptionally hard and diligent worker, but that cuts no ice with his master, a cruel,...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019, 8:52 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The first of Tom's masters is Mr. Shelby. He's quite a kind, good-hearted man on the whole. He trusts Tom with important plantation business and often sends him off to run errands far from home....

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018, 8:49 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin promotes the idea that slavery is a terrible evil that needs to be abolished. Stowe witnessed slavery firsthand, as she lived across the Ohio River from Kentucky, a slave state,...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021, 11:31 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin is no piece of evidence or historical artifact. If all slave owners were typical of Simon Legree, slavery would not be profitable since most of the slaves would be incapable of...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

"Mammy" in Stowe's work is actually Aunt Chloe, who is Tom's wife. She is his wife as well as the mother of his children. Like Tom, she is a slave, a part of a culture that renders her without...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2013, 11:57 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin was a key abolitionist text during the period leading up to the Civil War. Among the best-selling novels of the nineteenth century, Harriet Beecher Stowe's book is said to have...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021, 11:31 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Stowe portrays white Southerners, specifically slaveholders, in a variety of ways. On the one hand, there was Mr. Shelby, Uncle Tom's first owner, who sold him due to debt. Mr Shelby is a decent...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015, 5:22 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

There is a moral hierarchy among the three slave owners. The middling master is Tom's first, Arthur Shelby. He treats Tom and the other slaves kindly, but Shelby is also selfish and mismanages his...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2017, 5:40 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin was an extraordinarily important novel in the nineteenth century. It was the best-selling novel of the century in both the United States and in Europe. Not only is it credited...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The plot of George L. Aiken’s melodramatic play does not stray far from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic novel of social reform. It is in the presentation of the story where the plot of the stage...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

We know that Uncle Tom is looked up to and respected by all the other slaves on Mr. Shelby's estate, first, because the narrator tells us this is the case. When, as readers, we are invited into...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The novel puts the blame squarely on the slave-owners themselves, but the root cause of slavery, to the Christian Stowe's mind, seems to be a lack of Christian love in the hearts of the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2019, 5:51 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Tom's jobs change as he passes from owner to owner. On the Shelby farm, Mr. Shelby describes Tom to the slave trader Mr. Haley as his farm manager, saying that he manages my whole farm like a...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021, 9:44 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin is told from the perspective of an omniscient (all-knowing) third-person narrator. Using this narrative form, the narrator is able to get inside the minds of various characters...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2021, 11:43 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin is not a true story, but it is based in part on Harriet Beecher Stowe's first-hand experiences with slavery. She lived in Cincinnati for a time, a city located directly across the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, the inclusion of Christianity would, as Stowe knew, have a positive emotional influence on the audience for her novel. For this reason, the morally strongest characters are...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2020, 10:14 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

It is often said that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, he greeted her as "the little lady who began the big war." The story may be apocryphal, but...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2012, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

When Tom learns that Mr. Shelby is going to sell him to settle some debts, he is greatly grieved. It means he will be separated from his wife and young children, and from his familiar home. He...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018, 5:56 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Tom, also called Uncle Tom, is the protagonist of Uncle Tom's Cabin. He is a devout Christian man who believes in God's love regardless of earthly circumstances of sorrows or horrors. Even thou...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 8:17 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

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...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012, 3:31 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The answer to this question can be found early in chapter one of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mr. Arthur Shelby owns a farm in Kentucky and, though he does own slaves, he treats them...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2014, 4:25 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

At the end of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tom is sold to the evil and alcoholic Simon Legree, who owns a cotton plantation. Legree, a hardened man, has created a system that subjects enslaved workers to...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021, 11:40 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

One of the ironies that runs throughout the novel is that although slave owners often use the Bible to justify slavery, in practice the institution is completely at odds with Christian love and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

This is a difficult and complicated question. Uncle Tom's Cabin is possibly the most famous novel ever written about slavery, prompting Lincoln to remark, when he met Stowe: "So you're the little...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020, 3:49 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

St. Clare believes that slavery is a sick, evil system that degrades both slave and master. The slaves have to be kept in a state of degradation, he says, or they would rebel against the harsh way...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018, 2:03 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

The evils of slavery become most profound after Uncle Tom is sold to the evil Simon Legree. Tom and the other newly-purchased slaves can feel nothing but emptiness, dreariness, and foreboding as...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Not only is it possible, but it could be argued that few novels benefit from being studied in their historical context than Uncle Tom's Cabin. To fully imagine the impact of the book, we must...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2012, 4:19 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

In Harriet Beecher Stowe's popular novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Emmeline is a young, beautiful Black girl, who grew up in a Christian household. Emmeline and her mother, Susan, are slaves and are kept...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2021, 11:50 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Within the framwork of the novel itself, the escape works quite simply by giving her freedom. It shows her personal desperation turned into an act of heroism and courage upon hearing the news that...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2009, 8:09 am (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Simon Legree is the owner of a Louisiana plantation, Tom's last. Legree is greedy. He is evil and cruel. On his plantation he beats his slaves daily. They are not fed well. They are overworked. He...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2009, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Stowe primarily contrasts slave owners, and this supports her anti-slavery theme. While in her time many people supported slavery by arguing that the majority of slaveowners were good to their...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom is a strong, dignified, intelligent, hardworking, honest, and moral Christian man. This presents a strong contrast to ideas at the time the novel was written that slaves were childlike,...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

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...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Eliza's faith has made her an obedient slave to the good Mrs. Shelby. As Eliza puts it to George, who has decided to run away: "Well," said Eliza, mournfully, "I always thought that I must obey my...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2017, 11:17 am (UTC)

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