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Harriet Beecher Stowe's main purpose in writing and publishing Uncle Tom's cabin was to influence her norther readers for the reason and necessity of ending slavery. In her book, she created a picture of what the horrors of slavery in the South was really like as many people in the north did not really know. Her radical position on race relations, though, was informed by a deep religiosity. Stowe continually emphasizes the importance of Christian love in eradicating oppression. She also works in her feminist beliefs, showing women as equals to men in intelligence, bravery, and spiritual strength.
Non-white characters are condescended to and stereotyped: slaves are described – by a character who is ostensibly on the side of the oppressed – as ‘poor, simple, dependent creatures’ (p. 31); Stowe states that ‘the negro mind, impassioned and imaginative, always attaches itself to hymns and expressions of a vivid and pictoral nature’ (p. 29); the children are ‘pickaninnies’ and the mixed-race women are sexually available. All of the black characters are ‘woolley headed’. All of these features Stowe includes in her book are characteristics of post colonial literature.
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