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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Selling more than 300,000 copies the first year it was published, Stowe's powerful abolitionist novel fueled the fire of the human rights debate in 1852. Denouncing the institution of slavery in dramatic terms, the incendiary novel quickly draws the reader into the world of slaves and their masters.
Stowe's characters are powerfully and humanly realized in Uncle Tom, a majestic and heroic slave whose faith and dignity are never corrupted; Eliza and her husband, George, who elude slave catchers and eventually flee a country that condones slavery; Simon Legree, a brutal plantation owner; Little Eva, who suffers emotionally and physically from the suffering of slaves; and fun-loving Topsy, Eva's slave playmate.
Critics, scholars, and students are today revisiting this monumental work with a new objectivity, focusing on Stowe’s compelling portrayal of women and the novel's theological underpinnings.

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1. In Which the Reader is Introduced to a Man of Humanity. 2. The Mother. 3. The Husband and Father. 4. An Evening in Uncle Tom's Cabin. 5. Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners. 6. Discovery. 7. The Mother's Struggle. 8. Eliza's Escape. 9. In Which it Appears That a Senator is But a Man. 10. The Property is Carried Off. 11. In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind. 12. Select Incident of Lawful Trade. 13. The Quaker Settlement. 14. Evangeline. 15. Of Tom's New Master, and Various Other Matters. 16. Tom's Mistress and Her Opinions. 17. The Freeman's Defence. 18. Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions. 19. Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions (Continued). 20. Topsy. 21. Kentuck 22. "The Grass Withereth ? The Flowers Fadeth." 23. Henrique. 24. Foreshadowings. 25. The Little Evangelist. 26. Death. 27. "This is the Last of Earth." 28. Reunion. 29. The Unprotected. 30. The Slave Warehouse. 31. The Middle Passage. 32. Dark Places. 33. Cassy. 34. The Quadroon's Story. 35. The Tokens. 36. Emmeline and Cassy. 37. Liberty. 38. The Victory. 39. The Stratagem. 40. The Martyr. 41. The Young Master. 42. An Authentic Ghost Story. 43. Results. 44. The Liberator. 45. Concluding Remarks.

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The story follows the life and vicissitudes of Uncle Tom, and portrays the humanity of an enslaved black people and the moral evil of their enslavement.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and thought provoking 2 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I had read this years ago as a teenager and remembered enjoying it. Seeing it available on Kindle for free I thought it time to read it again and am very glad I did. Very clearly written as anti slavery propoganda during the mid 19th century, at the time before the American Civil War when slavery was allowed in southern American states but not in the North, it movingly follows the lives of several slaves and their owners, refuting the arguments of the pro slavery lobby at the time that slaves could be more comfortable and secure with a paternal owner than braving the labour market on their own. The book explores in heart breaking detail the devastating possible effects of the death or ruin of a slave owner which could force the sale by auction of his property, including his slaves. This often lead to permanent separation of families. The book is often very sentimental but is also very charmingly written with gentle humour and some very moving chapters.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real novel, not just history 29 Jun. 2009
Format:Paperback
Uncle Tom's Cabin: categorised first as anti-slavery propaganda, then (bizarrely) as a children's book, everyone has heard of it, few bother to read it, which is a pity. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a highly intelligent writer who had learned well from her master Dickens. The best passages of her book are well up to his standard of dry, understated polemic. Some of her characterization, like the dissection of St Clare's disastrous marriage, or Cousin Ophelia in her Puritan New England background, is as brilliant and individual as anything in the nineteenth-century novel. Her evangelicalism strikes us as mushy-gushy now, but underlying it is a moral toughness that has not been given sufficient credit. Like a marksman shooting down one target after another, she dispassionately showed all the many ways in which slavery inevitably corrupted both slaves and their owners. Humane owners could not escape responsibility:

`Well,' said the other, `there are also many considerate and humane men among planters.'
`Granted,' said the young man; `but, in my opinion, it is you considerate, humane men that are responsible for all the brutality and outrage wrought by these wretches; because, if it were not for your sanction and influence, the whole system could not keep foothold for an hour. If there were no planters except such as that one,' said he, pointing with his finger to Legree, who stood with his back to them, `the whole thing would go down like a millstone. It is your respectability and humanity that licenses and protects his brutality.'

Ker-blam!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than one might expect 24 Feb. 2003
Format:Paperback
Anecdotal history claims that Abraham Lincoln described Harriet Beecher Stowe (to her face) as 'the little lady' who started the Civil War. The phrase 'Uncle Tom' has now passed into the popular lexicon, and many more people know this book by reputation than have actually read it. It began as a serialized drama printed in US periodicals, and went on to become a best selling novel. It is the work of an ardent abolitionist, and Christian, and this shows. The novel is unashamedly didactic, and works principally by an appeal to the reader's emotions. And it works very well. Harriett Beecher Stowe lost one of her own children before writing this novel, and one cannot help but feel that this was what allowed her to write so emotively on the subject. The novel is long, but it flies by: HBS has a gift for narrative, character, and suspense.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 19 Jun. 2011
By Pluto
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was hooked within a couple of pages, though I found the colloquial language difficult as it disrupts the flow. The characters were all stereotypes of the era nevertheless they were well drawn and consistent. Whilst I think religion has done a lot of harm in the world, I like they way the author constructed the arguement against slavery from a Christian perspective. I can also see how the promise of eternal life in paradise helped the slaves survive their abhorrent situation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great American Novel 17 Sept. 2009
By J. Smit
Format:Paperback
My husband bought this from Amazon earlier this year. He was gripped by it and recommended I read it after him.

I'm glad I did as it is one of the best books I've read in years. Like much of the best American literature there's an epic sense of scale - Scores of wonderfully rounded characters set in well described locations across a varied landscape. The storylines are wonderfully written and you'll find it difficult not to think about the book's themes when you have to put it down.

Although there are some god-fearing parts in the middle, these aren't too intrusive and merely add flavour to the period in which it was written. It should be noted that not all of the 'good' characters are christian.

Although the book is far from a one-sided rant against slavery (some of the most likeable characters are slave owners) it's easy to see how it was credited with starting the civil war. Anger wasn't an emotion I'd expected from this book, but I felt it in spades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 21 Jun. 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a poignant, memorable and sad book about the atrocities that occurred during the times of slavery in the US. While I was already familiar with the consequences and outcomes of the barbaric trade in human beings, this brings it into an altogether uncomfortably close light. The truly horrifying revelation for me was to do with the practice of completely indiscriminately separating families - especially children from parents, which I'd never really thought about.

This book has been criticised for being too sentimental, which I did not find to be so. It is clever and relevant and makes some startlingly well-articulated and memorable comments. I fact, I found myself noting down passaged in the book, since I found them so well written, two of which I have included below. There is a real rawness to the ordeals the characters suffer in this book and it's hard not become affected by them.

The book has been written by an very religious yet pious author, and being staunchly atheist, I expected this to bother me but while the 'word of God' so to speak, rings loudly in this book, it has so much humility and believability to it that it didn't bother me - in fact, I wish that many people, both religious and non-religious alike, started taking on some of the values pronounced in this book.

So, overall, this is a harrowing but truly great book and one of significant historical and social importance, so I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic
Amazing book with true historical significance, a classic that should be mandatory in school.
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Not the easiest book to read but well worth the read. It is certainly the classic it has become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audio book, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Unabridged audio book.
The language and sentence formations are not modern day.
Not having read the book, this is an opportunity to listen, whilst cooking and house work.
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