Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

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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.' An immediate international sensation, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the first year, was translated into thirty-seven languages, and has never gone out of print: its political impact was immense, its emotional influence immeasurable. From the Paperback edition.

 

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." An immediate international sensation, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the first year, was translated into thirty-seven languages, and has never gone out of print: its political impact was immense, its emotional influence immeasurable.

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Baker & Taylor
A devoutly Christian slave becomes separated from his wife and family when he is sold to the brutal planter, Simon Legree.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, c1995
ISBN: 9780679443650
0679443657
Characteristics: xxix, 494 p. ; 22 cm

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People have asked what my favorite book is from the many I have read. After reading this book, I finally have an answer to give them. This book is an amazing inspiration and is beautifully written. There are so many lessons to be learned from the characters. I love it!

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ronrichardson
Jul 21, 2014

My thoughts after reading this book and looking into the history of when it was written, and why: I think this piece of fiction change are world for the best in so many different ways; when it was written, and even now in our times.
From opening minds to debating if this piece of fiction could be the truth in the darkest days of slavery in the United States of America.

I am reading this book right now and LOVING it! Beautiful story. I expected it to be boring and full of too many details, as many old books are. But I was pleasantly surprised. This book is still a treasure, in spite of the fact it was written over one hundred years ago.

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alpert99
Mar 27, 2013

I loved this book.

patienceandfortitude Nov 15, 2011

This was a selection for my book club and I was dismayed because I didn't expect to enjoy it and it was longer than I anticipated. But as is frequently the case, I was wrong. I did enjoy the book and it even made me cry in several spots. It is good to read from a historical perspective and is an excellent story.

snowbird922 Aug 01, 2011

This book is unsurpassed by anything I have ever read in my life. It would be a dis-service to humanity to have never read this book. There are critics who say Tom's character bred the typical African American yes man. I however applaude his capacity and strenght to see that his soul could never be owned by his slave owner. Beecher-Stowe had a magnificent gift for writing and her words flowed through every fiber of my being. I can honestly say that no piece of literature will ever touch me as this book has. She is one of the greats.

stargazer77 Jul 01, 2011

Great book... on its own, and also in light of the time in which it was written - how controversial and powerful.

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But there, on the bed, lay her slumbering boy, his long curs falling negligently around his unconscious face, his rosy mouth half open, his little fat hands thrown out over the bed-clothes, and a smile spread like a sunbeam over his whole face. "Poor boy! poor fellow!" said Eliza; "they have sold you! but your mother will save you yet!"

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