Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1894 - African Americans - 566 pages

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin is probably one of the most influential books in American history. This book led to the abolition of slavery. I have great appreciation for Beecher and this book. However, this book is a little outdated. It was very hard to read. At some points the book was very interesting, however, it often had long drawn out moments of nothing. If I was studying the life of a slave this book would be perfect but I wouldn't recommend this book to someone wanting to read to pleasure. This style of text is just very outdated and doesn't hit home like it did in 1850. Slavery is now just something we read about in books, it is very hard for us to relate to. I could easily see why this book was so popular to abolitionist in the mid 1800's. Stowe by no means watered down the graphic nature of slavery. However, I also think this takes away from this book today. No normal person wants to read about someone being tortured, especially as Uncle Tom was in the book. I realize the historical significance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin but this book is just not for me.  

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