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Uncle toms cabin by harriet beecher stowe

Uncle Tom

First, I am glad I have finally read this book given its historical significance and the very positive impact that it had on American history. That said, from a literary perspective, I didn't find this book to be particularly well written and am doubtful of whether it would be much remembered or considered a "classic" but for the aforementioned historical significance and the creation of the character of Uncle Tom more on that below.

The prose is not horrible, but neither is it exceptional.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Since I assume everyone is familiar with the substance and background of the book I will not summarize it here. Others have done a much bettermjob of it.

  1. Stowe had named names. While being transported by boat to auction in New Orleans , Tom saves the life of Little Eva , whose grateful father then purchases Tom.
  2. The first tasks she set her sister were in Latin and Greek, thought to be among the most difficult subjects in the male curriculum. Since I assume everyone is familiar with the substance and background of the book I will not summarize it here.
  3. International copyright had not yet been established, and most editors thought it foolish to pay for what they could take for free, an attitude that slowed the development of our national literature.

However, I do want to share an observation about the main character, Uncle Tom, that struck me pretty hard. Prior to reading this book, if you would have asked me about the character of Uncle Tom, I would have said that he was a character portrayed as a "weak willed" slave who did everything he could to please his white master no matter what abuses were heaped upon him. This opinion, wrong as I now think it is, would have been based in large part on the derogatory nature of the term "Uncle Tom" in the African American community as someone who has "sold out" their heritage and beliefs in order to be successful.

  • Thereafter, Tom is repeatedly beaten because he continues to refuse to engage in conduct he finds reprehensible;
  • She resolves to steal away with him in the night;
  • In one very memorable part of the book, Tom is ordered by his sadistic slave owner to whip a female slave.

Granted, Tom was no Hollywood square-jaw who armored up and went Braveheart on the slave holders slaughtering them by the bushel. Tom's non violence came not from fear or cowardice, but from his deeply held Christian faith and his belief that he would rather suffer unjustly as Christ did than raise a hand to another. In one very memorable part of the book, Tom is ordered by his sadistic slave owner to whip a female slave.

  • She sent for me and my travelling companion, Mr;
  • A giant annotated bibliography of her sources, the book pointing to hundreds of documented cases of real-life incidents that were similar or identical to those portrayed in her story;
  • The Fugitive Slave Law brought slavery home to the doorsteps of northerners, who had to decide what they would do if a fugitive slave came knocking at their door for assistance;
  • Meanwhile, listening on the other side of the wall is Eliza, the child's mother, who understands that Mr;
  • The novel also takes the perspective that slavery brings out the worst in the white masters, leading them to perpetrate moral atrocities they would otherwise never commit.

Tom refuses and is savagely beaten. Thereafter, Tom is repeatedly beaten because he continues to refuse to engage in conduct he finds reprehensible.

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In fact, the book goes on to describe the slave owner's realization that while he may own Tom's body, he could never acquire his soul.

How many people would subject themselves to that kind of abuse rather than rationalize their principals. Reading that portion of the book, I was struck by the similarities between that scene and a speech given by Gandhi in the movie with Ben Kingsley which I loved.

  1. At sixteen the age that a woman's education was considered complete she extended her education for five years by becoming a teacher of composition at her sister's Hartford Female Seminary.
  2. In the end, Mr. The term Uncle Tom also became an insult used to describe a black person who shows subservience to whites or is otherwise considered complicit with oppression by whites.
  3. The reaction was incredible. This law, like the Compromise of 1850 of which it was a part, was an attempt to hold the nation together around the contradiction of slavery in a democratic country.
  4. Uncle Tom mourns for the family he was forced to leave.

While speaking to a group of South African's about the need for "non violent" protest Gandhi says I am paraphrasing somewhat: This is a cause for which I am prepared to fight, but my friends there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. However, fear not for we can not lose.

  • He supported black families whose husbands and fathers went off to fight in the Civil War;
  • It required citizens to assist the sheriff in catching runaway slaves, stipulating fines and imprisonment for those who refused;
  • It required citizens to assist the sheriff in catching runaway slaves, stipulating fines and imprisonment for those who refused;
  • Her father, Lyman Beecher, was one of the most renowned ministers in his generation;
  • Her first published story was written for the Semi Colon Club.

They can beat my body, break my bones, even kill me.