Uncle Tom 's Cabin, By Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a type of slave narrative/ abolitionist literature that showed the cruelty slaves were exposed to. In this book we see how she describes the challenges they went through which she believes will help people see that slavery is wrong. There are some examples of the “evils” of slavery that show this. Harriet Beecher Stowe also shows how dishonorable slaveholders may become because of it. Thus this response to the “Fugitive Slave Act 1850” is important in many aspects. There were many horrible evils during that era for many slaves. Even if some were lucky enough to end up with nice slaveholding families others were not. The first evil is family separation. Often children get separated from their mothers or other family members because each family member is sold to different slave owners. This is bad because the parents are left worried about their children and the kids are left alone to work in places they don’t know. In the book we see Mr. Shelby negotiating with Mr. Harley to sell two of his slaves though it is somewhat difficult for Mr. Shelby to do so. Mr. Shelby decides to sell Uncle Tom and Harry the son of Eliza (Mrs. Shelby 's maid). Eliza had already been separated from her husband which she was not able to see often and all she had was her only son Harry. The second evil is when masters often take the young women as slave mistresses. Woman slaves may often be sexually abused by their male owner. Another evil was the other types of violence
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