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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Condition: Used- good


Pages: 496

Publisher: Barnes and Noble Classics

Publication Date: January 30, 2005

ISBN-10 ‎1593081219
ISBN-13 ‎978-1593081218


Introduction and Notes by Amanda Claybaugh

Although the American antislavery movement had existed at least as long

as the nation itsell, Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) galvanized publie

opinion as nothing had before. The book sold 10,000 copies in its first week

and 300,000 in its first year. Its vivid dramatization of slavery's cruelties so

aroused readers that Abraham Lincoln is said to have told Stowe her work

had been a catalyst for the Civil War.

Today the novel is often labeled condescending, but its characters-Tom,

Topsy, Little Eva, Eliza, and the evil Simon Legree-still have the power

to move our hearts. Though "Uncle Tom" has become a svuonym for a

fawning yes-man. Stowe's Tom is actually American literature's first black

hero, a man who suffers for refusing to obey his white oppressors.

Uncle Tom's Cabin is a living, relevant story, passionate in its vivid depie-

tion of the cruelest forms of injustice and inhumanity--and the courage it

takes to fight against them. As Booker T. Washington said The value of

Uncle Tom's Cabin to the cause of Abolition can never be justly estimated

Amanda Claybaugh is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative

Literature at Columbia University

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