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Why does Mr. Shelby need to sell some of his slaves in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe?

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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 better than most.

He has an aversion to the buying and selling of slaves, and he never thinks of himself as being a slave trader. Of course this is a kind of delusion, since he owns slaves and therefore does believe that humans can be bought and owned. We learn that humane, to him, means keeping families together, which is admittedly much more than most slave owners were willing to do. In fact, many slave owners preferred to separate families...

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