Uncle Tom's Cabin

Beecher Stowe began publishing fiction in 1843, producing much for the anti-slavery press, but her most famous work is without question the novel Uncle Tom?s Cabin that appeared in the National Era 1851-2 and came out in book form in 1852. Its popularity and success in stirring up public feeling against slavery in the United States may well stem from the book's melodramatic and sensational nature. It remains, nonetheless, a powerful work. The story follows the fortunes of a slave, the dutiful Uncle Tom, who is sold by his owner in Kentucky to pay off debts to Augustine St Clair in New Orleans. In the idealistic St Clair's household, young daughter Eva becomes fond of Tom and life is relatively happy. However, following the deaths of both the decent St Clair and the kindly Eva, Tom is sold again but now to Simon Legree. Legree is a cotton plantation owner and treats Tom terribly, leading to his demise just before rescue belatedly arrives in the form of his original owner's son. There is also a parallel tale of another slave, Eliza, who escapes to freedom in extraordinary circumstances to lighten the tone somewhat. The contrast between the attitudes in the different states is intriguing on its own and the only real downsides to be found are Beecher Stowe's tendency to overstate the case (the survivors become African missionaries) such that 'Uncle Tom' has become a term of abuse for a black man siding with the oppressor.

Table of contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45

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