Uncle Tom's Cabin / Harriet Beecher Stowe Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896

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Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
Uncle Tom (Fictitious character) - Fiction.; Southern States - Fiction.; Slavery -- United States -- Fiction
Adolescent; Juvenile; Adult; Primary
Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South. Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, a man of humanity, as the first black hero in American fiction. Labeled racist and condescending by some contemporary critics, it remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work -- exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward the peculiar institution and documenting, in heartrending detail, the tragic breakup of black Kentucky families sold down the river.
Read associated articles: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Louis Gates, Hollis Robbins, Library of America, Uncle Tom's Cabin
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Rating: 5/5
2011-07-13 00:50:53.0

Your readers may be interested in knowing that the George Aiken play version, 1852, condensed and dramatized, and the T. Edison 1903 silent movie are available on a DVD along with the Baldwin and Gates articles, among others. Go to uncletomscabindvd.com for further information.

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