Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin was valuable because it opened the eyes of American citizens to the harsh reality of slavery and proved its need for abolishment. Harriet Beecher Stowe proved the wrongness and cruelty of many southern slave owners by mentioning the splitting up of slave families in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In the beginning of the book, Stowe developed the nasty and feelingless character of Mr. Haley, a slave trader. He decided to buy Harry from Mr. Shelby and wanted to separate the young child from his mother without considering the impact it would have on their family. Stowe also explored the cruelty of slavery in the scene where Simon Legree beat Uncle Tom to death. She used Legree as an example for many southern slave owners who brutally acted the same way in real life. Stowe was very bothered by the fact that slave owners were willing to kill their own slaves and was able to share her hostile feelings with many others with her book. Through Stowe’s examples of family separation and death, she was able to show Americans how ruthless some slave owners could truly be. This compelled both Northerners and Southerners to fight for the abolishment of slavery. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was historically relevant to the slavery era because it gave a clear insight to the good and bad sides of slavery. Stowe showed the good side of slavery by including kind slave owners like Mr. Shelby and St. Clare. These men treated their slaves fairly well by giving them nice living conditions and freedom
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