Uncle Tom's Cabin

The story focuses on the tale of Uncle Tom, a long suffering black slave, the central character around whose life the other characters.

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe Summary

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 had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S. and is said to have "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War".Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary 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 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."..

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Standing for Jesus

Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe5 star

One of the best books I have ever read! The writing is most excellent; the reading, engaging; and the moral challenge, powerful!! 55


Uncle Tom’s Cabin5 star

An amazing author and amazing book. A thorough look back at our country’s dark history. The author is honest and is not afraid to call out the faults of our nation & make all sides accountable for this unforgettable, inhumane cruelty: slavery. 55


Uncle Toms Cabin5 star

I had heard many bad comments concerning this book and after reading this for myself have to wonder why all Americans of all races do not now look back at this time by reading this book. It is full of encouraging scripture and will touch the heart of anyone who takes it up to read. It gives us a small glimpse at that time and also allows us to witness not just the despicable Simon Legree and other people and the atrocities that were committed but also gives a window into the hearts of the true heroes we would never otherwise have know. Great read! 55

Ochem Champ

Revolutionary!!!5 star

I have never read an author who understood humanity so well and presented a just view. 55


Timeless classic with a message of reform of injustice that resonates throughout the centuries5 star

A must read 55


Uncle Toms Cabin5 star

This was a very good read. 55


Uncle Tom’s cabin5 star

Loved it. Kept me totally engaged throughout. 55


Not great not bad3 star

It's not that bad of a book but it's so tiring, almost fell asleep reading it. It does give out a good message though! 35


Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe5 star

WOW! This should still be required reading for all school children. Maybe not until at least junior high school age but all should read this book. WOW! Thank you for this book. It has truly done a work in my life. 55

Gretchen 1000000

Every American Should Read it5 star

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a woman ahead of her time. She could be a great leader today. The contents of this novel are taken from actual situations within our former slave-holding society. It was written and published while slavery was still legal in the United States. Stowe illustrates, with amazing empathy for every type of character involved, how wrong it is to try to justify slavery in any sense. I would recommend reading it to gain a full understanding of why reparations are warranted and why Christianity and Slavery cannot truly coexist. 55


Review1 star

Started reading this cuz I wanted to. Very dry. 15

Choco ND

I cried!5 star

I don't really know where my family originates because of the slave trade. We are so far removed from this time period but it's effects are still so presently evident. I am just so sorry I did not read this book sooner. 55

Shy Vio1et

Revisited as an adult4 star

As a child required to read this I didn't understand the message the author was relating. Now as a wife and mother, I can appreciate the plight of the slave and even the loving Mistress. It begs the question of my journey, where have I enslaved someone in my mind or heart that has caused my words or actions, against their spirit, to "beat them down or keep them from becoming more". And to ask my own spirit how can I have the self sacrifice of Uncle Tom and know the joy, peace, and see the glory of God through all I endure. 45

Stevie applesauce4008

Sad5 star

It's so sad how mean people can be to other people. Humans are so mean. 55


Uncle Tom's Cabin5 star

A heart wrenching story. There is no animal on the face of the earth as cruel as a human. 55


Magnificent5 star

A beautiful narrative in the sense of both theme and romance; sheathed in an eloquence that is as gripping in the context of modernism as it was in the turbulence of the times. This is a must read--and I do not label it as such lightly. 55


My new favorite author!!!5 star

What a famous book! But why didn't anyone make me actually read it in HS??? We only had to know the title for a history test....But only in reading it will you see it's value! Wow! I had heard that this book sugar coats parts of the times back then, but it is written exactly as needed to sway the hearts of those with power to make a difference! Could not put this down! Awesome book! God's Word is the same then and now and very beautifully used in this book. All Christians should read! 55


Living, Breathing History5 star

I will never again view our nation's history the way I did before reading this book. A scathing indictment on man's inhumanity to man, a rejoicing in the occasional successful escape from hell, and bright spotlight on religion's role in the condoning, encouraging, and justification for slavery - this book should be required reading for every high school student in America. 55


The Best History Book I Ever Read!5 star

This book was one of the best books I have ever read! It's long but so worth the time. I didn't think I would like this book because it was about history which to me can be soooooo boring! However this book amazed me with some of the stories. I could't believe that stuff really happened! From crying, to laughing, from happy, to sad, this book should be read by EVERYONE! 55


heart-rending5 star

Honest & heart-rending story of the plight of the American slaves. Anyone using the term "Uncle Tom" as derogatory should be deeply ashamed. Every human being should strive to reach even a portion of the integrity & character of this Hero. 55

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