Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Selections
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816309 / 1554816300
  • 230 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Selections

  • Publication Date: March 31, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816309 / 1554816300
  • 230 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin may well have excited more controversy than any other work of fiction in American history. Welcomed by many abolitionists and met with indignation by supporters of slavery, it gave crucial impetus to the antislavery movement, and its characters and dramatic scenes were quickly absorbed into the nation’s consciousness; at the same time, its employment of racial stereotypes and emphasis on Christian nonresistance in the face of violence left behind a troubling legacy that was debated by black Americans in the nineteenth century and that culminated in the popular tradition of “Tom shows” that persisted well into the twentieth century. With a brief but robust introduction, judicious selection of the most essential and frequently taught portions of the novel, and examples of contemporary responses, this abridged edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s antislavery classic provides an overview of the novel’s plot, themes, and rhetorical strategies, and is ideal for classroom use.

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly: Selections

In Context

  • American Slavery: Contemporary Accounts
    • from Theodore Dwight Weld, Angelina Grimké Weld, and Sarah Grimké, American Slavery as It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses (1839)
    • from The Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada (1856)
    • Runaway Advertisements (1820–67)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Public
    • William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator, 26 March 1852
    • from William J. Wilson [“Ethiop”], “Uncle Tom’s Cabin!,” Frederick Douglass’ Paper, 17 June 1852
    • from Charles Sumner, US Senate Speech on his Motion to repeal the fugitive Slave Bill (as reprinted in the Anti-Slavery Bugle, Lisbon, Ohio), 18 September 1852
    • from anonymous, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” The New York Observer, 21 October 1852
    • from Louisa S. McCord, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Southern Quarterly Review, January 1853
    • from George Sand, “George Sand and Uncle Tom,” The National Era, 27 January 1853
    • from George Frederick Holmes, “A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Southern Literary Messenger, June 1853
    • from anonymous, The North American Review, October 1853
    • from Mary Chesnut, Diary, 1861–62, 1981
    • Advertisement, New England Farmer (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 December 1852 (“An Edition for the Million”)
    • Advertisement, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 12 August 1852
  • The “Anti-Tom” Novel
    • from Caroline Lee Hentz, The Planter’s Northern Bride (1854)
  • Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass Debate Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin