Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

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In the nineteenth century, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold more copies than any book in the world except the Bible. Upon publication, it was quickly translated into thirty-seven languages and has never gone out of print. It remains a controversial and complex text that, along with David Walker's Appeal, Henry David Thoreau's Walden, W. E. B. DuBois's The Souls of Black Folk, and Helena Maria Viramontes' Under the Feet of Jesus, among others, stands out as an important text in the progressive struggle for social justice in the United States.

This Second Edition is based on the original 1852 book edition, published in two volumes by John P. Jewett and Company, Boston, and includes all original illustrations. The text is accompanied by a preface and detailed explanatory annotations to assist the reader with obscure historical terms and biblical allusions.

"Backgrounds and Contexts" includes a wealth of historical documents addressing the issues of slavery and abolitionism. New visuals in the Second Edition include a selection of abolition posters and records of torture. Also newly included is J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur's eyewitness account of slavery as a visitor to the United States, a selection from David Walker's Appeal, and Henrietta King's autobiographical account of the horror of slavery.

"Criticism" presents a balanced view of the ongoing controversy over Uncle Tom's Cabin in fifteen reviews and scholarly interpretations spanning more than 150 years of writing about the novel. Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jane P. Tompkins, and Susan M. Ryan, among others, admire Uncle Tom's Cabin for its social vision and artistry, while James Baldwin and Sophia Cantave, among others, argue that the book's racism continues to promote misperceptions and that its prominence does ongoing damage. A Chronology of Stowe's life and work, a Brief Timeline of Slavery in America, and an updated Selected Bibliography are also included.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 127 x 205.74 x 40.64mm | 612.35g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Second Edition
  • 0393933997
  • 9780393933994
  • 302,698

Table of contents

A Note on the Text
The Text of Uncle Tom's Cabin
1. First-edition title page
2. Preface
3. Table of Contents
4. List of Illustrations
5. Uncle Tom's Cabin
Backgrounds and Contexts
1. Map: The Eastern United States in the Antebellum Period
2. Slave Sale Announcements
3. Escaped Slave Advertisements
4. Abolition Posters
5. Visual Records of Torture
6. J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur ? [A Visitor's Description of Slavery's Atrocity]
7. David Walker ? [from Appeal, In Four Articles]
8. Josiah Henson ? Life of Josiah Henson
9. Solomon Northup ? A Slave Auction Described by a Slave, 1841
10. Henrietta King ? [A Freeperson's Memory of Slavery's Horror]
11. Harriet Jacobs ? The Trials of Girlhood
12. William Wells Brown ? Another Kidnapping, 1844
1. ? The Flight of Ellen and William Craft, 1849
14. Harriet Beecher Stowe ? Letter to the Abolitionist Eliza Cabot Follen
1. ? From A Key to "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
1. Uncle Tom
2. The Execution of Justice
3. ? Appeal to the Women of the Free States
16. Martin Delany ? from Blake; or, The Huts of America
17. George M. Frederickson ? Uncle Tom and the Anglo-Saxons: Romantic Racialism in the North
18. George Cruikshank ? Illustration: Tom reading his Bible
1. ? Illustration: The poor bleeding heart
2. ? Illustration: Emmeline about to be sold to the highest bidder.
20. Thomas F. Gosset ? Anti-Uncle Tom Literature
21. Mary C. Henderson ? [Tom Shows]
22. Tom-Show Poster
1. George Sand ? Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
2. William G. Allen ? [About Uncle Tom's Cabin]
3. Ethiop ? Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
4. George F. Holmes ? Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
5. Anonymous ? Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
6. Charles Dudley Warner ? [Uncle Tom's Cabin a Half Century Later]
7. Frances Ellen Watkins [Harper] ? Eliza Harris
8. Helen Gray Cone ? [Harriet Beecher Stowe and American Women Writers]
9. Paul Laurence Dunbar ? Harriet Beecher Stowe
10. G. Grant Williams ? Reminiscence of the Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Her Family
1. James Baldwin ? Everybody's Protest Novel
2. Jane P. Tompkins ? Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History
3. Robert S. Levine ? Uncle Tom's Cabin in Frederick Douglass' Paper: An Analysis of Reception
4. Sophia Cantave ? Who Gets to Create the Lasting Images? The Problem of Black Representation in Uncle Tom's Cabin
5. Susan M. Ryan ? Charity Begins at Home: Stowe's Antislavery Novels and the Forms of Benevolent Citizenship
Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Chronology
A Brief Timeline of Slavery in America
Selected Bibliography
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About Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) depicted life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the U.S. and Britain and made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions. Elizabeth Ammons is the Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature at Tufts University. She is the author of Conflicting Stories: American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century, Edith Wharton's Argument with America, and Brave New Worlds: How Literature Will Save the Planet. She is the editor or co-editor of many books, including Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature: A Multi-Cultural Perspective, Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Casebook, American Color Writing, 1880-1920, Short Fiction by Black Women, 1900-1920, and the Norton Critical Edition of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.
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