Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The novel seeks to attack this law and the institution it protected, ceaselessly advocating the immediate emancipation of the slaves and freedom for all people.
Stowe acknowledged in that Henson's writings inspired Uncle Tom's Cabin. The cabin where Henson lived while he was enslaved no longer exists, but a cabin on the Riley farm erroneously thought to be the Henson Cabin was purchased by the Montgomery County, Marylandgovernment in American Slavery As It Is: In Cincinnati the Underground Railroad had local abolitionist sympathizers and was active in efforts to help runaway slaves on their escape route from the South.
Stowe mentioned a number of the inspirations and sources for her novel in A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin This non-fiction book was intended to verify Stowe's claims about slavery. It was originally intended as a shorter narrative that would run for only a few weeks. Stowe expanded the story significantly, however, and it was instantly popular, such that several protests were sent to the Era office when she missed an issue.
Jewett contacted Stowe about turning the serial into a book. While Stowe questioned if anyone would read Uncle Tom's Cabin in book form, she eventually consented to the request. Convinced the book would be popular, Jewett made the unusual decision for the time to have six full-page illustrations by Hammatt Billings engraved for the first printing.
A number of other editions were soon printed including a deluxe edition infeaturing illustrations by Billings. At that point, however, "demand came to an unexpected halt No more copies were produced for many years, and if, as is claimed, Abraham Lincoln greeted Stowe in as 'the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war,' the work had effectively been out of print for many years.
Uncle Tom's Cabin sold equally well in Britain, with the first London edition appearing in May and sellingcopies. Eliza tells Uncle Tom that he has been sold and she is running away to save her child. The book opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts.
Even though he and his wife Emily Shelby believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them—Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza—to a slave trader.
Emily Shelby is averse to this idea because she had promised her maid that her child would never be sold; Emily's son, George Shelby, hates to see Tom go because he sees the man as his friend and mentor.
When Eliza overhears Mr. Shelby discussing plans to sell Tom and Harry, Eliza determines to run away with her son. The novel states that Eliza made this decision because she fears losing her only surviving child she had already miscarried two children.
Eliza departs that night, leaving a note of apology to her mistress. Tom is sold and placed on a riverboat which sets sail down the Mississippi River.
While on board, Tom meets and befriends a young white girl named Eva. Eva's father Augustine St. Clare buys Tom from the slave trader and takes him with the family to their home in New Orleans.
Tom and Eva begin to relate to one another because of the deep Christian faith they both share. Eliza's family hunted; Tom's life with St.
They decide to attempt to reach Canada. However, they are tracked by a slave hunter named Tom Loker. Eventually Loker and his men trap Eliza and her family, causing George to shoot him in the side.
Worried that Loker may die, Eliza convinces George to bring the slave hunter to a nearby Quaker settlement for medical treatment. Back in New OrleansSt.
Clare debates slavery with his Northern cousin Ophelia who, while opposing slavery, is prejudiced against black people. Clare, however, believes he is not biased, even though he is a slave owner. In an attempt to show Ophelia that her views on blacks are wrong, St.
Clare purchases Topsy, a young black slave, and asks Ophelia to educate her. After Tom has lived with the St. Clares for two years, Eva grows very ill. Before she dies she experiences a vision of heavenwhich she shares with the people around her. As a result of her death and vision, the other characters resolve to change their lives, with Ophelia promising to throw off her personal prejudices against blacks, Topsy saying she will better herself, and St.Gender in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe achieved what is, clearly, her greatest notoriety for writing the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin between and She was radically inspired by the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, and managed to write one of the most successful works (if not the most.
The Great Questions Essay: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written in as a way to expose the morbid hell of slavery. Even though it is fiction, the book revealed the harsh treatment of slaves. Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe. BUY SHARE.
BUY! Home; Literature Notes; Uncle Tom's Cabin Uncle Tom's Cabin was first of all a popular book, To a student of the nineteenth-century sentimental novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin is, if anything, much less tedious than might be expected.
But readers not used to these conventions should try. Harriet Beecher Stowe knew Josiah Henson, an escaped slave, who was the model for Uncle Tom.
Eliza Harris was drawn from life. She may have been a fugitive who was helped by Calvin Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Published in , the novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S. and is said to have "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War ".Illustrator: Hammatt Billings (1st edition). Harriet Beecher Stowe's — Uncle_Tom's_Cabin_ was perhaps the most influential novel in history.
Its stark depictions of the horrors of slavery inflamed the sentiments of .