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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Illustrated)

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War", according to Will Kaufman.

Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States; one million copies were sold in Great Britain. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." The impact attributed to the book is great, reinforced by a story that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe at the start of the Civil War, Lincoln declared, "So this is the little lady who started this great war." The quote is apocryphal; it did not appear in print until 1896, and it has been argued that "The long-term durability of Lincoln's greeting as an anecdote in literary studies and Stowe scholarship can perhaps be explained in part by the desire among many contemporary intellectuals ... to affirm the role of literature as an agent of social change."

The book and the plays it inspired helped popularize a number of stereotypes about black people. These include the affectionate, dark-skinned "mammy"; the "pickaninny" stereotype of black children; and the "Uncle Tom", or dutiful, long-suffering servant faithful to his white master or mistress. In recent years, the negative associations with Uncle Tom's Cabin have, to an extent, overshadowed the historical impact of the book as a "vital antislavery tool."

By calling attention to the issue of slavery, it has become part of our country's literary and historical heritage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1526 KB
  • Print Length: 694 pages
  • Publisher: BookRix (27 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 5 Dec 2014
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Heart-breaking in places but nevertheless a good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Amazing book. Should be required reading in our schools
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad it is not required reading in our schools 7 July 2014
By Linda A. Botts - Published on
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This is the first time I had read this book. It broadened my perspective on the issue of slavery, racism, and man's inhumanity to man in the United States. Too bad it is not required reading in our schools.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 24 Jun 2014
By KarenG - Published on
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I realize this is a classic but the manner in which it is written has made it difficult for me to read--written the way the language was spoken at that time. I have to say that I'm having a hard time picking it up and finishing it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 16 Jun 2014
By Charline - Published on
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I have finally read the book that I've read about, heard referenced and even seen as Jeopardy categories. This book made me sad, mad, laugh out loud and question the thinking of individuals of the time. To think that the slaves were considered lesser animals than human with no feelings and no sense of family and love is beyond my comprehension.
5.0 out of 5 stars when you call someone an Uncle Tom 11 Jun 2014
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If you have called someone an Uncle Tom then you are a Sambo who did not read of a noble man.
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