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Who does Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, blame for slavery?

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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 slave-owners. This is the very thing which makes them blind to the immorality of their actions. They use their slaves like objects and profit from their degradation. While some slave-owners are kinder than others, as in they do not beat or rape their slaves, Stowe is firm that slavery is wrong, no matter how "nicely" one treats a slave, because at its heart, slavery is about turning a person created in the divine image of God into nothing more than a glorified object to be used without their consent.

They do not see the slaves as fellow human beings, and therefore feel nothing about treating them as...

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