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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Big Barn 1

Great5 star

“So this is the little woman who started all this fuss. “ Abraham Lincoln. Wow. Living at that time in history, I surely would have been roused to action. I’ve seen depictions in movies and read much about Lincoln but this, to my recollect, is the first time I’ve red this novel. Incredible. 55

Kathy Hardee

Life Changing5 star

This is the best book I’ve read in a very long time. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it sooner. It’s a call to all Christian men and women to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. In this book, the atrocity is slavery. In today’s world, it’s abortion. We must pray, begging God to stop the violence among us. 55

Gebby today

A truly beautiful book.5 star

An important book too, even today. 55

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

Sly gray

Uncle Tom's Cabin4 star

I was moved by this account of the slavery trade. The author's description of every day life of the slaves, their hardships, sorrow, and strong Christian faith was so realistic. I felt such sadness for the slaves and their families. I would highly recommend this classic. 45

Chris Ogden

Uncle Tom's Cabin4 star

I shall always think of the "slur" of calling someone an Uncle Tom in a totally new light. As the main character of this tale, I was quite impressed with Tom as a man of great integrity, faith, honor, and courage. One should take it with great pride to be called an Uncle Tom. Harriet Beecher Stowe gives us many faces with which to now associate the institution of slavery. Before reading this book, I thought of this time period in such an abstract sense. I am thankful to now have a fuller understanding and share some of the feelings of shame that we should have about this part of our history. 45


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

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