9780451526700

Uncle Tom's Cabin Or, Life Among the Lowly

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  • ISBN13:

    9780451526700

  • ISBN10:

    0451526708

  • Edition: 150th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-01-01
  • Publisher: Signet Classics
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Summary

Uncle Tom's Cabin is the story of the slave Tom. Devout and loyal, he is sold and sent down south, where he must endure brutal treatment at the hands of the degenerate plantation owner Simon Legree. By exposing the extreme cruelties of slavery, Stowe explores society's failures and asks a profound question: "What is it to be a moral human being? " Relevant today as the novel that helped to move a nation to battle, Uncle Tom's Cabin is a powerful, triumphant work that is an essential part of the collective experience of the American people.

Author Biography

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, daughter of the Reverend Lyman Beecher of the local Congregational Church. In 1832, the family moved to Cincinnati, where Harriet married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary, in 1836. The border town of Cincinnati was alive with abolitionist conflict, and there Mrs. Stowe took an active part in community life. She came into contact with fugitive slaves and learned from friends and from personal visits what life was like for the African-American in the South. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, and that same year, Harriet's sister-in-law urged the author to put her feelings about the evils of slavery into words. Uncle Tom's Cabin was published serially from 1851 to 1852 in The National Era and as a book in 1852. More than 300,000 copies of the novel were sold in one year. Mrs. Stowe continued to write, publishing eleven other novels and numerous articles before her death at the age of eighty-five in Hartford, Connecticut. Darryl Pinckney is the author of High Cotton.

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