Stowe did an eloquent and masterful job of pointing out how slavery destroyed families, foremost. The idea that even slave families should be kept together is a predominating factor in this selection. And while the novel is perhaps best celebrated as an abolitionist view of the slavery topic, questions are raised within the text that allow the pro-slavery supporters to assert that not all aspects of slavery were negative.
For instance, pro-slavery individuals could point to Mr. Shelby or St. Clare as exemplars for "the kind master." The fact that some masters were nicer than others, however, did not alter the fact that one human was owning another; the inherent flaw in the idea of slavery, according to Stowe. Public sentiment toward the slavery topic was swayed by this text because of its frank treatment of the matter at hand -- Stowe shows the slave lifestyle, warts and all. And whether she is revealing the better times or the worse, in the end, her novel drives home one final point: slavery was indeed wrong.