Uncle Tom’S Cabin, First Published In 1852, Was Written

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin, first published in 1852, was written by a white northern puritan teacher, author, wife and mother of six named Harriet Beecher Stowe is an anti-slavery fiction novel which vilified slavery as an institution and relied heavily on religion as the moral reason why Christians, whether they be southern or northern, could not condone it or allow to continue. That Stowe imbued her novel with religious quotations and moral lessons to support her abolitionist message is a function of her upbringing in a family headed by a prominent minister. Her mother was a prayerful woman who passed when Harriet was very young. All of her six brothers became ministers, and she even married a Calvinist minister, who was a noted Bible scholar.…show more content…
She blames the institution of slavery for the evil acts of men and not the individuals themselves for their performance of the evil actions. This is a primary criticism of the novel that appears in James Balwin’s Everybody’s Protest Novel. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Introduction “Feminism in Literature, a Gale Critical Companion, Encyclopedia.com 4 May 2017 http:// www.encyclopedia.com There is evidence in the novel itself as well as in critical analyses of it to support the contention that Stowe was critical of southerners and northerners concerning the slavery issue and was too lenient in her depiction of slaveholders in an attempt to be fair and just to those whom she described as “kind and indulgent masters.”. By “equally dispensing blame and sympathy”, she ended up receiving criticism from both sides. (Stowe, Harriet Beecher Introduction “Feminism in Literature, a Gale Critical Companion, Encyclopedia.com 4 May 2017 http:// www.encyclopedia.com) The south criticized the work as false and as pitting neighbors against each other, while the north found fault with her portrayal slaveholders as too lenient. The following , quotation, from The Key to Uncle Tom 's Cabin; Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon Which the Story Is Founded, Together with Corroborative Statements Verifying the Truth of the Work.By Harriet Beecher Stowe. Boston: John P.

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