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    ONE READER S CONFUSION ABOUT WHY UNCLE TOM MEANS ANYTHING BUT HERO3.0 stars First, I am glad I have finally read this book given its historical significance and the very positive impact that it had on American history That said, from a literary perspective, I didn t find this book to be particularly well written and am doubtful of whether it would be much remembered or considered a classic but for the aforementioned historical significance and the creation of the character of Uncle Tom on that below The prose is not horrible, but neither is it exceptional It s just okay Since I assume everyone is familiar with the substance and background of the book I will not summarize it here Others have done a much bettermjob of it However, I do want to share an observation about the main character, Uncle Tom, that struck me pretty hard Prior to reading this book, if you would have asked me about the character of Uncle Tom, I would have said that he was a character portrayed as a weak willed slave who did everything he could to please his white master no matter what abuses were heaped upon him This opinion, wrong as I now think it is, would have been based in large part on the derogatory nature of the term Uncle Tom in the African American community as someone who has sold out their heritage and beliefs in order to be successful After reading the book, I don t think I can adequately express how STRONGLY I disagree with that characterization I would place Uncle Tom among the pantheon of truly HEROIC figures in American literature Granted, Tom was no Hollywood square jaw who ard up and went Braveheart on the slave holders slaughtering them by the bushel However, he was most definitely a HERO in the mold of Gandhi who NEVER ONCENEVER ONCE compromised his principals and belief in non violence and Tom CHANGED those around him both white and black for the better Tom s non violence came not from fear or cowardice, but from his deeply held Christian faith and his belief that he would rather suffer unjustly as Christ did than raise a hand to another Whether you agree with that philosophy or not, it is beyond debate that to accept hardship rather than compromise your inner compass is called INTEGRITYit s called COURAGE In one very memorable part of the book, Tom is ordered by his sadistic slave owner to whip a female slave Tom refuses and is savagely beaten Thereafter, Tom is repeatedly beaten because he continues to refuse to engage in conduct he finds reprehensible Despite this repeated abuse, Tom NEVER, NEVER backs down or compromises on his beliefs In fact, the book goes on to describe the slave owner s realization that while he may own Tom s body, he could never acquire his soul FOLKS, FOR ME, THAT IS A HERO How many people would subject themselves to that kind of abuse rather than rationalize their principals Reading that portion of the book, I was struck by the similarities between that scene and a speech given by Gandhi in the movie with Ben Kingsley which I loved While speaking to a group of South African s about the need for non violent protest Gandhi says I am paraphrasing somewhat This is a cause for which I am prepared to fight, but my friends there is no cause for which I am prepared to killHowever, fear not for we can not loseThey can beat my body, break my bones, even kill methen they will have my dead body, NOT MY OBEDIENCE I found Tom s struggle to be very similar and the character of Tom to be VERY HEROIC For that reason alone, I bumped this up to 3 stars and HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.


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    Wow I wish this was still required reading in schools Can you imagine a book that was credited by President Lincoln with bringing about the Civil War, and is known to have so affected the hearts of readers that it changed their opinions of slavery is hardly read in the country whose face it changed


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    This book is one of the most moving, provocative pieces of literature I ve ever read, and it s the first time that I can recall being moved to tears from a book As long as I live, I will never be able to remove from my mind the vision of Eliza, panicked and frenzied, in the dead of the night with her baby boy in her arms, leaping across the frozen ice of the Ohio river to escape the trader her baby had been sold to And if anyone wants to read a profound and well written narrative for the view of a Black Slave, look to George s monologue on page 127 128, where he is at the Inn with Mr Wilson, disguised as a white upperclass gentlemen, and explaining to Mr Wilson how he feels about his country.I was involved in the book up to that point, but after that, this book owned me This should be required reading of every American Citizen, and it s in my top five of the most important books I have ever read For whatever the cause of the American people, it all comes down to When in the course of human events.


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    893 Uncle Tom s cabin or, life among the lowly, Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom s Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly, is an anti slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe Published in 1852, the novel helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War , according to Will Kaufman Stowe, a Connecticut born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings 1982 1315 164 1335 533 1344 1346 1357 9 .


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    Talk of the abuses of slavery Humbug The thing itself is the essence of all abuse I remembered this quote from Uncle Tom s Cabin all of a sudden when I accidentally paraphrased it in a discussion on gun control at school Some issues can t be solved by half measures They have to be abolished.There are books that shape who you are I remember when I first read Uncle Tom s Cabin as a young girl Before that, I had only a vague idea of slavery in America as a historical phase, something I imagined as an evil that was no With this novel, I entered the world of rage Literature has the power to engage where statistics leave you cold, it has the power to make you feel what other people feel, and to see what abstract terms mean in real, everyday life.Decades later, teaching slave trade and abolitionist movements in Humanities classes, I still felt the anger, the sorrow, the shame And I realised that literature does that to you it gives you a social conscience if you are brave enough to compare notes and check your privileges The horrors of white supremacy can hardly be better told than in this tale of love and suffering and rage, so shocking to read as a young adult, and yet so necessary I shudder when I think of our current political climate of hostility and intolerance towards any human beings that are distinctly different from our own tribe And I feel both rage and sorrow as I know there are far too few adolescents today who are willing to put in the time and effort to read about historical brutality and injustice I shudder when I think that Anne Frank s diary is considered boring by my students, too slow and lacking action read violence Where are we heading if we don t listen to the literary voices of those who experienced past horrors Where are we headed if we let profit and individual advantage stand above ethical behaviour and compassionate humanity Where are we headed if we don t think our rights apply to others as well Make people desperate, and they won t be afraid to fight Take away too much and they have nothing to lose, and nothing to fear When it comes to human rights, there can be no grey zones, there can be no two class system, no discrimination There can be no exemptions We are all equally entitled to a life in freedom and dignity Wherever we do not guarantee that, there will be rage Beware of the signs in mainstream society The country is almost ruined with pious white people such pious politicians as we have just before elections, such pious goings on in all departments of church and state, that a fellow does not know who ll cheat him next Let s not be cheated Let s look through the pious surface and see the egocentric hypocrites in their entitlement for what they are instigators of violence Let s do what is right by humankind rather than what is personally enriching or convenient.Uncle Tom s Cabin taught me that And I have been in a reading rage ever since


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    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Uncle Tom s Cabin, written in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe For some reason, we didn t read this book in high school possibly an excerpt or two was thrown in front of us, but I honestly don t really remember reading it until freshman year of college Prior to reading it, the silly and uneducated man I was thought Ms Stowe was an African American telling the story about slavery in America, not all that different from The Underground Railroad stories Please forgive me, as I had difficulty reading books that showed the harsh slices of life and cruelties people suffered It just doesn t cross my mind that I could ever treat someone differently because of what they look like or where they came from and the immature part of me avoided reading about those who did But it s important to read these types of books as sometimes it is the only way to open another s eyes.Then it was listed on our syllabus to read in our spring semester for an English course And I dove in since it was required As I got into it, I realized how great the book actually was And you know what, that s not the story at all Ms Stowe came from a Puritanical and religious family She was an abolitionist She wanted to fix the situation And this book was one way she attempted to do so, by showing how any Christian could not believe in slavery Though some of her ideas were a little too vague, and at times, she may even cross the line by doing a few of the things she tells people not to do the book really shines a necessary light on what people were thinking at the time I feel like we might need to read this book again as a country to figure out what the hell we re doing going back 150 years in time But I don t get political, so enough of that.With this book, you need to have some understanding of society, religion and culture in America s history I wouldn t take it on without have a decent background in knowing how things came together from 1776 to 1856 Those 80 years were very strong but also very disparate two countries were forming, not one in America Having some knowledge of Puritan life is helpful too Perhaps reading The Scarlet Letter first might give you some background Everyone needs to read this book just to see what was going on in some folks minds at this time It may not change your views on the entire situation, but it will give you to think about when it comes to religion s place in government, society and daily life And I mean that as a philosophical and sociological discussion, not placing blame or positives and negatives on different groups of people It s just the kind of book to get you talking about something which needed to be radically changed and fixed About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by.


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    The main character of Uncle Tom s Cabin, and at least one of the minor characters, are frequently mocked by modern black activists, rappers and comedians Therefore, when I began reading this novel, originally published in 1852, I was expecting a woefully outdated story with painful, outrageous stereotypes and archaic language, and had prepared myself for a real struggle to navigate through it in order to see how this book mobilized people in the USA against slavery.The story, its delivery and its characters turned out to be nothing like they have been portrayed to me over the years Nothing And importantly, it is still a powerful call for justice and equality than 150 years later.It was a difficult read at first, but after the first 100 pages or so, I was hooked.Harriet Beecher Stowe paints Tom not as subservient to white men or any men but as absolutely defiant, a man who serves only one master Jesus Christ Uncle Tom s defiance is in stark contrast to everything I ve ever heard about him Stowe never, ever implies in any way that slaves should work only to please their earth bound masters and never pursue freedom or personal dignity contrary to what I ve always heard In addition to Tom, there s George, a representation of the intelligence and potential Stowe obviously felt every African American was capable Stowe wasn t saying that Tom s way of defiance and his not pursuing escape was a better path than George s, who risks everything to escape with his family to Canada Instead, she presents the myriad of ways people HUMANS react to and survive enslavement Topsy isn t presented as I thought she would be a silly comic relief but as a girl who has never known anything but pain from and the contempt of others, and becomes whole only when she s offered full, unconditional love There are NO one dimensional portraits in the book the characters, white and black, portray a massive variety of values, philosophies, and thoughts of the time.I was struck not only by how full, rich and diverse the characters were, but also, Stowe s condemnation not only of slavery itself, but of the North, for not wanting freed blacks to live among them, to work in their homes or live in their neighborhoods or attend their schools She also condemns merciful slave owners, painting them just as bad as ruthless Is the book racist By today s standards, yes, but no than it s also sexist It s dated, no question the author will very occassionally say something about blacks or women that make me cringe The slaves and freed men presented in the book are no benign, lazy or lacking in values than most of the white people portrayed But I challenge anyone who has READ the book to say that the stereotypes engrained into our psyche by various contemporary commentators were ever envisioned by the author After reading the entry about the book on Wikipedia, I ve surmised that the stereotypes we hear about regarding the story are actually from the widely seen and woefully inaccurate dramatizations of the book And her text drips with a sarcasm, often addressed directly to the reader, that is jarring at times this woman hated slavery with every molecule of her body, and she presents, and skewers, every argument of the time in support of it.


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    I m going to keep this one very short and relatively sweet Uncle Tom s Cabin is a wonderfully forward thinking book full of optimism, hope and one that captures the simple and honest nature that comes with a genuine hero who is faced with tyranny It s a monumentally important book, historically speaking this is one of the most influential pieces of literature ever written It worked towards humbling a racist white culture and helped bring an end to slavery in America, and it comes with a compelling story and a very strong character It s great reading material, though sometimes hindered by its clunky dialogue and Dickensian descriptions Not something to be missed even if the prose is a little choppy at times.


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    It s not really this book s fault that it sucks Harriet Beecher Stowe s heart was in the right place she aimed to expose the evils of slavery Abraham Lincoln is said to have called her the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war That s patronizing and it didn t, but it didn t hurt either.But it hasn t aged well According to this book, here sWhat Black People Are Like The African, naturally patient, timid and unenterprising The negro is naturally impressible to religious sentiment than the white The negro, it must be remembered, is an exotic of the most gorgeous and superb countries of this world, and he has, deep in his heart, a passion for all that is splendid, rich, and fanciful a passion which, rudely indulged by an untrained taste, draws on them the ridicule of the colder and correct white race I put quotes of this type in the comments below, if you re really interested This comes across as racist, because it totally is, and here s the thing there were other people who wrote about slavery and did not make statements like these Black people Stowe s source for Uncle Tom himself, in fact, is Josiah Henson, whose real life story you can read for free instead of this I know things were different back then, but I also don t think we need to over complicate our historical relativism If someone were to ask me what I m reading and I were to feel compelled to explain myself I know it s racist, I m not reading it because I like it then my conversation with the book as literature is condescending, and it s outlived its usefulness, and that s okay It s okay if it did some good once and it s run out of good now It s okay if it goes out of style We don t have to, like, burn all the copies But I do feel like when we have the opportunity to hear about oppression from the oppressed themselves, then that s better It s true that slave narratives were written for white audiences, with specific goals and formulae, and often dictated to white ghost writers, so this isn t totally straight forward But slave narratives are anyway authentic than Uncle Tom, I guess Anyway, back to the actual book Uncle Tom is frankly an Uncle Tom, but to Stowe s credit she also supplies lots of other perspectives George and his Quaker allies have a By any means necessary approach to slavery, and Stowe goes out of her way to get us to root for their violent tactics I wasn t expecting that, and I dug it.Overall, the book is badly sentimental Y know, it s easy to make you have feels by describing, like, a woman whose children are stolen from her and then she gets raped You don t have to be a good writer to make a scenario like that powerful Stowe is an okay writer, but she pours on the pathos she can t shut up about isn t this awful and I didn t really need it underlined There are a couple people here who take like fifty pages to finish giving deathbed speeches about Jesus and you re like good lord, this makes Dickens seem aloof It s annoying So look, this might be of interest to someone researching how white abolitionists felt back in the day but it s not particularly good literature, and its ideas are woeful, and that doesn t leave much.


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Uncle Tom's Cabin download Uncle Tom's Cabin, read online Uncle Tom's Cabin, kindle ebook Uncle Tom's Cabin, Uncle Tom's Cabin 9beccd961b54 The Narrative Drive Of Stowe S Classic Novel Is Often Overlooked In The Heat Of The Controversies Surrounding Its Anti Slavery Sentiments In Fact, It Is A Compelling Adventure Story With Richly Drawn Characters And Has Earned A Place In Both Literary And American History Stowe S Puritanical Religious Beliefs Show Up In The Novel S Final, Overarching Theme The Exploration Of The Nature Of Christianity And How Christian Theology Is Fundamentally Incompatible With Slavery