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Uncle Tom's Cabin Or, Life Among the Lowly

by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ann Douglas

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first serialised in an anti-slavery periodocial. By popular demand Harriet Beacher Stowe released it as a novel and it almost immediately sold out. The book describes the journey Uncle Tom takes from being a slave on a Kentucky farm takes to his death on the orders of the vicious plantation owner Simon Legree. His humanity, dignity and Christian faith shines through even in the worst adversity. The novel had a profound effect on attitudes to slavery and was cited by Abraham Lincoln as a strong motivation for the Amercian Civil War.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin Or, Life Among the Lowly Synopsis

Published in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel was a powerful indictment of slavery in America. Describing the many trials and eventual escape to freedom of the long-suffering, good-hearted slave Uncle Tom, it aimed to show how Christian love can overcome any human cruelty. Uncle Tom's Cabin has remained controversial to this day, seen as either a vital milestone in the anti-slavery cause or as a patronising stereotype of African-Americans, yet it played a crucial role in the eventual abolition of slavery and remains one of the most important American novels ever written.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin Or, Life Among the Lowly Press Reviews

Uncle Tom's Cabin is the most powerful and enduring work of art ever written about American slavery.

--Alfred Kazin

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ISBN: 9780140390032
Publication date: 17/09/1981
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780140390032
Publication date: 17th September 1981
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ann Douglas
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 640 pages
Genres: Classics, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ann Douglas

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, daughter of the Reverend Lyman Beecher of the local Congregational Church. In 1832, the family moved to Cincinnati, where Harriet married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary, in 1836. The border town of Cincinnati was alive with abolitionist conflict and there Mrs. Stowe took an active part in community life. She came into contact with fugitive slaves, and learned from friends and from personal visits what life was like for the Negro in the South. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, and that same year Harriet's sister-in-law urged the author ...

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