Book review: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

November 17, 2007

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a novel that highlights the horrors of slavery in American states that used to permit slavery. It had a significant role in causing the American Civil War; so much so that President Lincoln called her “the little girl that started this big war”.

The main character of the book is a pious slave named Tom. Although Tom is a faithful and hard-working slave he is sold from owner to owner for various reasons. Ms. Harriet does a commendable job of potraying the attitudes of slave-owners as well as their self-righteous counterparts from the states that banned slavery.

Pro-slavery arguments like claiming that slavery was simply a more blatant form of exploiting people in the same way that they are exploited all over the world were new to me.

Ms. Harriet comes across as mildly racist but she redeems herself at the fag end of the book by demonstrating the ‘capability of the race‘ using several real-life examples of successful emancipated slaves.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is well-written and it was an easy and enjoyable read.

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