Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin Essay

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin Published in the early 1850’s, Uncle Tom’s Cabin had a huge impact on our nation and contributed to the tension over slavery. It was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a woman who was involved in religious and feminist causes. Stowe’s influence on the northern states was remarkable. Her fictional novel about slave life of her current time has been thought to be one of the main things that led up to the Civil War. The purpose of writing it, as is often said, was to expose the evils of slavery to the North where many were unaware of just what went on in the rest of the country. The book was remarkably successful and sold 300,000 copies by the end of its first year. It is even rumored that…show more content…
So Stowe was accurate in portraying Eva’s mother as thinking slaves did not need to read and also accurate in her view of slaves in general. She viewed slaves as inferior when she said slaves were “not made for anything else” but for work (Stowe 286). This is an example or one theme in Stowe’s novel that is right in line with current historical research. Many times Stowe writes of slaves being unjustly punished for no good reason. One time is when the slave, George, is describing his experiences in hearing is sister unjustly whipped. He felt helpless, knowing he could do nothing to stop it. George says, “I have stood at the door and heard her whipped, when it seemed as if every blow cut into my naked heart, and I couldn’t do anything to help her; and she was whipped, sir, for wanting to live a decent Christian life” (Stowe 123). The use of the whip is consistent with one of Jack Larkin’s essays he wrote in 1988. He records, “The whip remained the essential instrument of punishment and discipline” (Larkin 136). Larkin says that the whip was used often and sometimes for no clear reason. When slaves heard it, he says, they “knew that they were never more than a white man’s or woman’s whim away from a beating” (Larkin 133). The sexual abuse of slave women was fairly common according to historical accounts and Stowe’s story. Plantation owners would often buy slave girls for the main purpose of satisfying
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