Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Does Uncle Tom’s Cabin levy blame on the North as well as on the South?

What qualities in Uncle Tom’s Cabin give this book so much more impact than all other antislavery literature of the time (including Harriet Beecher Stowe’s own Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp)?

Is it profitable to argue about the literary merits of Uncle Tom’s Cabin?

Stowe wrote several novels set in New England. What are her preoccupations in these books?

Had she lived in the twenty-first century, Stowe might very well have chosen to be something other than a novelist. On the basis of the interests displayed in her books, what occupation might she have pursued?