Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Collins Classics)

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HarperCollins UK, May 31, 2012 - Fiction - 608 pages
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Viewed by many as fuelling the abolitionist movement of the 1850s and laying the groundwork for the Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s sentimental and moral tale of slaves attempting to secure their freedom was one of the most popular books of the nineteenth century. Centred round the long-suffering Uncle Tom, a devout Christian slave who endures cruelty and abuse from his owners, Tom is often celebrated as the first black hero in American fiction who refuses to obey his white masters. With other strong protagonists such as Eliza, a courageous slave who flees to the North with her son when she learns that he is to be sold, Beecher Stowe highlighted the plight of southern slaves and the breaking up of black families. Not without its controversy, more recent criticism has suggested that the novel contributed negatively to the stereotyping of the black community.


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CHAPTER 1In Which the Reader is Introduced to a Man of Humanity
CHAPTER 2The Mother
CHAPTER 3The Husband and Father
CHAPTER 4An Evening in Uncle Toms Cabin
CHAPTER 5Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changin Owners
CHAPTER 6Discovery
CHAPTER 7The Mothers Struggle
CHAPTER 8Elizas Escape
CHAPTER 27This is the Last of Earth
CHAPTER 28Reunion
CHAPTER 29The Unprotected
CHAPTER 30The Slave Warehouse
CHAPTER 31The Middle Passage
CHAPTER 32Dark Places
CHAPTER 34The Quadroons Story

CHAPTER 9In Which IT Appears that a Senator is But a Man
CHAPTER 10The Property is Carried Off
CHAPTER 11In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind
CHAPTER 12Select Incident of Lawful Trade
CHAPTER 13The Quaker Settlement
CHAPTER 14Evangeline
CHAPTER 15Of Toms New Master and Various Other Matters
CHAPTER 16Toms Mistress and Her Opinions
CHAPTER 17The Freemans Defence
CHAPTER 18Miss Ophelias Experiences and Opinions
CHAPTER 19Miss Ophelias Experiences and OpinionsContinued
CHAPTER 21Kentuck
CHAPTER 22The Grass WitherethThe Flower Fadeth
CHAPTER 23Henrique
CHAPTER 24Foreshadowings
CHAPTER 25The Little Evangelist
CHAPTER 35The Tokens
CHAPTER 36Emmeline and Cassy
CHAPTER 37Liberty
CHAPTER 38The Victory
CHAPTER 39The Stratagem
CHAPTER 40The Martyr
CHAPTER 41The Young Master
CHAPTER 42An Authentic Ghost Story
CHAPTER 43Results
CHAPTER 44The Liberator
CHAPTER 45Concluding Remarks
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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) was an American abolitionist and author of more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) was a realistic account of life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom.

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