She came from the beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel uncle toms cabin 1852, which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved african americans. About uncle toms cabin cliffsnotes study guides book. The story became very popular and the installments were published as an entire book called uncle toms cabin in 1852. The novel uncle toms cabin, by american author harriet beecher stowe, focuses on a slave named uncle tom to weave a portrayal of the cruelty of slavery, finding redemption in the idea that christian love can conquer something so destructive. Stimulation weekly has a meeting they do in which they ask acclaimed creators, for this situation ursula k. The impact of uncle toms cabin was tantamount to its popularity as the second bestselling book of the 19 th century behind the bible.
Reviews of uncle toms cabin by harriet beecher stowe 1. The novel was written in 1852 by american author harriet beecher stowe, a teacher at the hartford female academy and a. Uncle toms cabin is a novel by harriet beecher stowe that was first published in 1852. Uncle toms cabin, written and published by harriet beecher stowe in 1852, was the most popular 19th century novel and, after the bible, was the secondbestselling book of that century. Uncle toms cabin concludes with a picture of a christianized africa, after the model provided by the romantic racialist and swedenborgian alexander kinmont. The book sold even more copies in great britain than in the united states. A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the readers experience. Uncle toms cabin by harriet beecher stowe books on. Arthur shelby, a kentucky farmer and slaveowner, is forced by debt to sell two slaves uncle tom and harry, the young son of his wifes servant eliza to a trader named haley. But if this is the end of stowes project it does not inevitably mark the ends of the sentimental, only the. Good minus condition, uncle toms cabin, by harriet beecher stowe c. Uncle toms cabin chapter 4 an evening in uncle toms. Uncle toms cabin is a novel written by a schoolteacher named harriet beecher stowe and published in 1852.
Uncle toms cabin, or, slavery days slavery days on a plantation, about ten miles from the ohio river, kentucky. The book reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in. Smithsonian libraries, natural history building, 10 th st. The character was seen by many readers as groundbreaking humanistic portrayal of an africanamerican slave, one who uses nonresistance and gives his life to protect others who have escaped from slavery. Aiken and the play was staged at the national theatre in the summer of 1853. One such catalytic work is harriet beecher stowes uncle toms cabin 1852 it is considered by many, one the. Harriet beecher stowes, uncle toms cabin is a book worth reading. Uncle toms cabin was published as a book the following year and quickly became a best seller. Uncle toms cabin, which appeared first in serial form in an abolitionist newspaper, the national era, in 185152, was written largely in brunswick. Featuring the first africanamerican hero in literature, the heart wrenching tale of slavery, being sold down the river and. The fugitive slave law, passed in 1850, could hardly be enforced by any of stowes readers. Uncle toms cabin was a runaway bestseller, selling 10,000 copies in the united states in its first week. At left, the way it first appeared you can click on that cover, or any of the others on this page, to see a larger image.
A key to uncle toms cabin, which offered documents and personal testimonies to verify the accuracy of the book, and dred. The effect of uncle toms cabin seldom does a one work of literature change a society or start it down the road to cataclysmic conflict. An international bestseller that sold more than 300,000 copies when it first appeared in 1852, uncle toms cabin was dismissed by some as abolitionist propaganda. Today, however, harriet beecher stowes stirring indictment of slavery if often confused with garish. The novel was an immediate success and became the bestselling novel of the 19th century. Facts, information and articles about uncle tom s cabin, one of the causes of the civil war. The impact of uncle toms cabin was tantamount to its popularity as the second bestselling book of the 19 th century behind the bible published in 1852, it did indeed have great influence by giving a lifting wind to the abolitionist movement. To great acclaim, stowe published uncle toms cabin during the period of fervor which led to the civil war on march 20, 1852, john j. Meanwhile, uncle tom sadly leaves his family and masr george, shelbys young son and toms friend, as haley takes him to a boat on the mississippi to be transported to a slave market. Read a plot overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter summary and analysis.
Sparknotes is here for you weve got everything you need to ace or teach. All pages are lightly toned, there are small stains on the end pages and the previous owners name is written in black ink on the front free end page the boards are in good. Facts, information and articles about uncle toms cabin, one of the causes of the civil war. This book tells thirteen variants of uncle toms journey, explicating the novels significance for canadian abolitionists and the. Although banned in most of the south, it served as another log on the growing fire. Uncle toms cabin was popular with a lot of different generations and classes of readers.
The novel sold 300,000 copies within three months and was so widely read that when president abraham lincoln met stowe in 1862, he reportedly said, so this is the little lady who made this big war. It is widely credited with helping to encourage the abolitionist cause and starting the american civil war, which began only 9 years later. Published in 1852, the novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward african americans and slavery in the u. It turned out to be the bestselling novel of the nineteenth century, helping to further the abolitionist cause after publication in 1852. It greatly influenced many peoples thoughts about african americans and slavery in the united states. Published in 1852, the novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward african americans and slavery in the united states, so much so in the latter case that the novel intensified the sectional conflict leading to the american civil war. Uncle toms cabin is an abolitionist novel by harriet beecher stowe that was published in serialized form in the united states in 185152 and in book form in 1852. Uncle toms cabin, published in the national era 1851 in 1852, the serial was published as a twovolume book.
In several ways, stowes book follows the models of charles dickens, with its two main plots, its several imbedded narratives, its grotesque and comic characters, its pairs of happy and. As harriet beecher stowes novel uncle toms cabin traveled around the world, it was molded by the imaginations and needs of international audiences. Uncle toms cabin was a best seller in the united states, england, europe, asia, and translated into over 60 languages. In 1852 the story was published in book form in two volumes. Uncle toms cabin is a novel which showed the stark reality of slavery and is generally regarded as one of the major causes of the civil war. Over 300,000 copies were sold in the united states in its first year alone. Get cozy and expand your home library with a large online selection of books at. It achieved widereaching popularity, particularly among white northern readers, through its vivid dramatization of the experience of slavery.
Inside the cover of this old time favorite, stowe easily takes readers inside the minds the slaves, the slave owners, and those with abolitionistlike minds. Uncle toms cabin 9780743487665 by harriet beecher stowe. Highly controversial throughout its long life, uncle tom, sambo and little eva have come into the american language as bywords and as human portraits of the injustices of slavery. Its easy to judge one thing about stowes book from its covers. It also strengthened the conflict between the northern and southern united states. The book inspired songs, ceramics, scarves, soap, and games. Tom is sold a few times between masters until he ends up being owned by plantation owner simon legree. Stowes emotional portrayal of the impact of slavery, particularly on families and children.
Published in 1852, it did indeed have great influence by giving a lifting wind to the abolitionist movement. Read uncle toms cabin by author harriet beecher stowe, free, online. Uncle tom is the title character of harriet beecher stowes 1852 novel, uncle toms cabin. On the boat, tom meets an angelic little white girl named eva, who quickly befriends him. Uncle toms cabin was then published as a two volume novel by john p.
When abraham lincoln met author harriet beecher stowe, he said. A third problem with uncle toms cabin for the modern reader is its sentimentality, which we may use as a sort of blanket term for the novels literary style. Attractively bound, lightly worn, thick little volume, about 6. Uncle toms cabin remains a landmark classic thats never gone out of print.
Readers of all ages and levels of education, male and female, american and british, black and white although the book was certainly intended chiefly for a white audience, made uncle toms cabin one of the most successful bestsellers to be published in the united states. Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction. Together with corroborative statements verifying the truth of the work part 1. Uncle toms cabin sold 300,000 copies in the north alone. Jewett and company of cleveland ohio on march 20, 1852. Presenting the original facts and documents upon which the story is founded. Eliza hears the discussion, warns tom and his wife, and runs away with her child, followed by haley, who is prevented from catching her when she crosses the ohio. Uncle toms cabin reconsidered historical background. The books impact on the american public on the issue of slavery was so powerful that when president. Uncle toms cabin was first of all a popular book, effective because people identified with its sympathetic characters and thrilled to its incidents. June 14, 1811 july 1, 1896 was an american abolitionist and author.
The easy accessibility of uncle toms cabin helped drive salesand stowes popularityto unprecedented levels. White cloth with floral apple blossom design on right of front cover, column and lettering on left, top edge gilt, title page printed in red and green. George shelby, owner of the plantation and a large number of slaves, owing to business difficulties, is forced to sell some. The hardcover book is in good minus condition free from rips, tears, bends, and writing. For over 150 years it has been coopted for a dazzling array of causes far from what its author envisioned. Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work. The novel sold 300,000 copies within three months and was so widely read that when president abraham lincoln met. Uncle toms cabin simple english wikipedia, the free. Among the most banned books in the united states, uncle toms cabin. A list of important facts about harriet beecher stowes uncle toms cabin, including setting, climax, protagonists, and antagonists. Below, drawn from the collections of the harriet beecher stowe center in hartford, connecticut, and special. In front it had a neat gardenpatch, where, every summer, strawberries, raspberries, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, flourished under careful tending. The story uncle toms cabin told the story about a kind slave named tom.
See a complete list of the characters in uncle toms cabin and indepth analyses of uncle tom, ophelia st. The book became a best seller and the story of uncle toms cabin was dramatization by g. Harriet beecher stowe, american writer and philanthropist, the author of the novel uncle toms cabin, which contributed so much to popular feeling against slavery that it is cited among the causes of the american civil war. Uncle toms cabin by harriet beecher stowe free ebook.362 1085 1199 10 110 964 1648 1347 1187 1033 91 693 61 1288 1577 243 1431 1542 384 1425 367 1523 175 612 849 750 998 1424 660 11 329 1509 41 279 722 1415 556 1070 11 1101 180 758 1328 315 396 1066 460 986