Cover of: Uncle Tom's Cabin | Harriet Beecher Stowe


  • Afterword
    John William Ward

About the Book

This unforgettable novel tells the story of Tom, a devoutly Christian slave who chooses not to escape bondage for fear of embarrassing his master. However, he is soon sold to a slave trader and sent down the Mississippi, where he must endure brutal treatment. This is a powerful tale of the extreme cruelties of slavery, as well as the price of loyalty and morality. When first published, it helped to solidify the anti-slavery sentiments of the North, and it remains today as the book that helped move a nation to civil war.

"So this is the little lady who made this big war." Abraham Lincoln's legendary comment upon meeting Mrs. Stowe has been seriously questioned, but few will deny that this work fed the passions and prejudices of countless numbers. If it did not "make" the Civil Warm, it flamed the embers. That Uncle Tom's Cabin is far more than an outdated work of propaganda confounds literary criticism. The novel's overwhelming power and persuasion have outlived even the most severe of critics. As Professor John William Ward of Amherst College points out in his incisive Afterword, the dilemma posed by Mrs. Stowe is no less relevant today than it was in 1852: What is it to be "a moral human being"? Can such a person live in society -- any society? Commenting on the timeless significance of the book, Professor Ward writes: "Uncle Tom's Cabin is about slavery, but it is about slavery because the fatal weakness of the slave's condition is the extreme manifestation of the sickness of the general society, a society breaking up into discrete, atomistic individuals where human beings, white or black, can find no secure relation one with another. Mrs. Stowe was more radical than even those in the South who hated her could see. Uncle Tom's Cabin suggests no less than the simple and terrible possibility that society has no place in it for love." - Back cover.

Table of Contents

In which the reader is introduced to a man of humanity
The mother
The husband and father
An evening in Uncle Tom's cabin
Showing the feelings of living property on changing owners
The mother's struggle
Eliza's escape
In which it appears that a senator is but a man
The property is carried off
In which property gets into an improper state of mind
Select incident of lawful trade
The Quaker settlement
Of Tom's mew master, and various other matters
Tom's mistress and her opinions
The freeman's defense
Miss Ophelia's experiences and opinions
Miss Ophelia's experiences and opinions, continued
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth"
The little evangelist
"This is the last of Earth"
The unprotected
The slave warehouse
The middle passage
Dark places
The Quadroon's story
The tokens
Emmeline and Cassy
The victory
The stratagem
The martyr
The young master
An authentic ghost story
The liberator
Concluding remarks

The Physical Object

vi, 496 p.
18 x x inches

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