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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

(Book - 1995)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South. Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity," as the first black hero in American fiction. Labeled racist and condescending by some contemporary critics, it remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work -- exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward "the peculiar institution" and documenting, in heartrending detail, the tragic breakup of black Kentucky families "sold down the river." An immediate international sensation, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the first year, was translated into thirty-seven languages, and has never gone out of print: its political impact was immense, its emotional influence immeasurable. - Publisher.

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Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, c1995
ISBN: 0679443657
9780679443650
Branch Call Number: FICTION STOWE 1995
Characteristics: xxix, 494 p. ;,22 cm

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(1852) “Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South. Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its pres... Read More »


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Kindly old slave that was loved by everyone but his master. Lived a brutal life and eventually died a violent death. Fictional story.

Jul 21, 2014
  • ronrichardson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My thoughts after reading this book and looking into the history of when it was written, and why: I think this piece of fiction change are world for the best in so many different ways; when it was written, and even now in our times.
From opening minds to debating if this piece of fiction could be the truth in the darkest days of slavery in the United States of America.

May 25, 2013
  • youknitmetogether13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am reading this book right now and LOVING it! Beautiful story. I expected it to be boring and full of too many details, as many old books are. But I was pleasantly surprised. This book is still a treasure, in spite of the fact it was written over one hundred years ago.

Nov 15, 2011
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a selection for my book club and I was dismayed because I didn't expect to enjoy it and it was longer than I anticipated. But as is frequently the case, I was wrong. I did enjoy the book and it even made me cry in several spots. It is good to read from a historical perspective and is an excellent story.

Aug 01, 2011
  • snowbird922 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is unsurpassed by anything I have ever read in my life. It would be a dis-service to humanity to have never read this book. There are critics who say Tom's character bred the typical African American yes man. I however applaude his capacity and strenght to see that his soul could never be owned by his slave owner. Beecher-Stowe had a magnificent gift for writing and her words flowed through every fiber of my being. I can honestly say that no piece of literature will ever touch me as this book has. She is one of the greats.

Jul 01, 2011
  • stargazer77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book... on its own, and also in light of the time in which it was written - how controversial and powerful.

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Jun 02, 2011
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May 25, 2013
  • youknitmetogether13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

But there, on the bed, lay her slumbering boy, his long curs falling negligently around his unconscious face, his rosy mouth half open, his little fat hands thrown out over the bed-clothes, and a smile spread like a sunbeam over his whole face. "Poor boy! poor fellow!" said Eliza; "they have sold you! but your mother will save you yet!"

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