Uncle Tom 's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Introduction In this novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe set out on a mission to do two things: first, to inform the Northern readers of the atrocity and immorality slavery had brought to the south, and two, to show how the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 shielded slaves from escaping their owners, all the way now to Canada just to be considered “free.” During this crucial time in American history, Stowe chose to educate her readers about slavery and laws passed by spending a sizeable amount of time on the role of women in all aspects of slavery. Exposing their complex, yet rich sway with others, they manifested a divergent approach with others who came within reach of them. The women within the book, free or enslaved, were put…show more content…
Mrs. Shelby does not believe in slavery and uses her Christianity throughout the book to try and help the slaves that belong to them. When she found out that Mr. Shelby was selling Uncle Tom and Harry to Mr. Haley, a southern slave trader, she pleaded with him to sacrifice something within the home, whether it be material or something she could do such as give piano lessons to bring in an extra income. Why not make a pecuniary sacrifice? I’m willing to bear my part of the inconvenience. O, Mr. Shelby, I have tried—tried most faithfully, as a Christian woman should—to do my duty to these poor, simple, dependent creatures. I have cared for them, instructed them, watched over them, and know all their little cares and joys, for years; and how can I ever hold up my head again among them, if, for the sake of a little paltry gain, we sell such a faithful, excellent, confiding creature as poor Tom, and tear from him in a moment all we have taught him to love and value? I have taught them the duties of the family, of parent and child, and husband and wife; and how can I bear to have this open acknowledgement that we care for no tie, no duty,
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