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Uncle Tom's Cabin [Kindle Edition]

Harriet Beecher Stowe
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This is one of those books that everybody has heard about but few people these days have actually read. It deserves to be read - not simply because it is the basis for symbols so deeply ingrained in American culture that we no longer realize their source, nor because it is one of the bestselling books of all time. This is a book that changed history. Harriet Beecher Stowe was appalled by slavery, and she took one of the few options open to nineteenth century women who wanted to affect public opinion: she wrote a novel, a huge, enthralling narrative that claimed the heart, soul, and politics of pre-Civil War Americans. It is unabashed propaganda and overtly moralistic, an attempt to make whites - North and South - see slaves as mothers, fathers, and people with (Christian) souls. In a time when women might see the majority of their children die, Harriet Beecher Stowe portrays beautiful Eliza fleeing slavery to protect her son. In a time when many whites claimed slavery had "good effects" on blacks, Uncle Tom's Cabin paints pictures of three plantations, each worse than the other, where even the best plantation leaves a slave at the mercy of fate or debt. By twentieth-century standards, her propaganda verges on melodrama, and it is clear that even while arguing for the abolition of slavery she did not rise above her own racism. Yet her questions remain penetrating even today: "Is man ever a creature to be trusted with wholly irresponsible power? --review by Erica Bauermeister

About the Author

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale University and the author of Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic.

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  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161949003X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084B1OUM
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book April 19, 2013
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In reading this book you either fall in love and empathize with the characters or truly dislike the characters. It is hard to get into this book because of the strange dialect. Do not let this stop you. I promise you will enjoy if you continue reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To All Who Love Honor & Integrity April 19, 2013
By MaryLee
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I cannot for the life of me understand why this book should not be read. I think Uncle Tom represents all who value integrity. I loved the light that shines in this book. May we all help in our own way those who need our help.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story! April 17, 2013
By Deborah
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The book catches the attention of the reader from the beginning. But throughout I kept wondering why this book brought about such a stir for change. Though the stories told by the writer were accurate accounts of the times I'm sure, I kept thinking they were too mild a depiction of the atrocities that had actually occurred. I kept thinking "how could such a timid account of the institution of slavery have stirred our nation so?" I wondered, "where is the grotesque, the horrors, why am I reading a happily ever after accounting of such an awful institution. To be sure this was not what I was expecting to read. This couldn't be the book history has claimed to have stirred our country to begin to finally consider the abolition of such a horrible scourge afflicting the nation.

Then I get to the last Chapter where our author brings to account both the North and the South. Both are held responsible, both are guilty. The South for carrying out the atrocities and the North for standing by allowing it to continue. But our author didn't stop there. She went on to throw blame and guilt on the leaders of Christianity for twisting God's Word to justify the actions of both North and South. Both sides could not be right and the treatment of slaves in the North was not what it should have been if one believed in the Word of God. After reading the last Chapter I applaud Harriet Beecher Stowe for having the courage to write such a book in such a trying time as our nation was living then. She was truly a woman of courage and inspiration. I wish I had read this years ago and I highly recommend it to all who are interested in the history of this country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Not sure why I never read this book, I can see why all the problems it created during it's time. Harriet Stowe has taken the story from her life and the life of those around her and with her unique writing skills she brings you back in time and into the hearts of her characters... a page turner for sure
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a complement to be called an "Uncle Tom" May 23, 2014
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The lesson I learned is that Uncle Tom is to be compared to Job. His faith rose above the devastation wrought by slavery. He did not give in to the cruelty of Simon Legree and remained faithful to Christian principles throughout the story. He was a true leader. It is through ignorance of his character that a person who is weak or servile is called an "Uncle Tom". The truth is just the opposite. Stowe was masterful at affecting my emotions and bringing out feelings for people who wound up slaves. It is mind boggling to envision the plantation owner having mixed children and then selling or trading them as slaves. This book has given me an insight to the plight of the African-American today. America did destroy a race of people and has not paid its debt to them, and maybe never can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an eye opener June 11, 2014
By beets
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This is a very good book. Some of the slang and dialog is difficult to understand. You have to continue to remind yourself that this book is over 150 years old. It was well written and in some ways timeless. Slavery is horrible and an abomination. I could not ever understand being so cruel. This is an Eye opener. I learned of slavery in school but, that didn't even teach you how cruel and horrible a person could be to another. Well, worth the read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNCLE TOM'S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe April 23, 2013
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This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read.Of course now, every one knows what this book is about, and IF you don't, READ it now.
OK, slavery and anti-slavery with true incidents being described, it is enough to get all but the most heartless of hearted to weep for the plight of slavery.
I believe that this is the most strongly written book I have read and most strongly recommend it to all readers.
Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sobering still July 7, 2014
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I have heard about this book my whole life but never understood what it was about. If, like me you make the assumption that it is a book about a slave that "sells out his own race", which is the definition of Uncle Tom that I gathered by looking at television and hearing the term used, you will surely miss the entire point of this book. Instead, the book is about a slave that is steadfast in his beliefs and principles. A man that holds on to his faith in Jesus. I really don't get the common use of the term after reading this.

Every one should read this book. It can be a hard read as it is a glimpse into a dark period in history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars truth of 18th century
The book brings the truth of the 18th century face to face with us.
Published 4 hours ago by digvijay
5.0 out of 5 stars A True American Classic
I enjoyed the way Harriet Beecher tied in together the history and facts about our country's past slavery period. All her characters were unique and defined. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Eureka Belcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Your Time to Read or Reread Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Probably once read Uncle Tom's Cabin because it was on a high school or college Reading Book List. I was led to reread because of the story in Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Barbara C. Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for everyone!
A clear glimpse into the woes, aches & pains of slavery. Every American citizen should be required to read this
Published 1 day ago by MaeMae
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An eye opener to the terrible days of slavery.
Published 2 days ago by Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars What good does it do to free slaves if they do ...
I have always heard of this book but never read it. It is very moving. It has a nineteenth century style. Very sentimental. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Norman Mayfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characterizations
Stowe's descriptions of her characters are at least as thought-inspiring as the story itself. I bookmarked a lot of pages so that I'd be able to come back and re-read some of the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by YJ, Detroit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So sad
Published 4 days ago by susan schildknecht
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary masterpiece not to be missed
What a gem! I read the book when I was a child. After reading "Lincoln, the Unknown" by Dale Carnegie, where the book was mentioned, I had the urge to read it again now as... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Julie Salgo
5.0 out of 5 stars An impartial review from a non-white, non-black
It is said that some stories are meant to be told in their day. Stories that transcend the commonplace customs of the day and shake things up. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rahul Badami
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