Analysis Of Uncle Tom's Cabin, By Harriet Stowe

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Do you ever wonder what the world would be like if everyone was treated equal with the respect they deserve? In the 1850s, white abolitionist, Harriet Stowe, believed this was the only way people should be treated, no matter their race. This era in history, was a time of great division involving the different races in the America. Many white southerners believed owning black slaves to work on their fields and do their labor for them was a reasonable form of getting their work done without doing any work themselves. This idea of slavery created a great division between the north and the south because many people who lived in the north did not agree with the southerns and their ideas of slavery. “Slavery became a key moral & emotional issue after…show more content…
“According to Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin began with a vision she had in church in early 1851, of a slave being beaten to death” (Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture). After having this vision in church, Stowe went home and immediately began to write the book. Stowe wrote so much so fast, she even started to run out of paper to continue to write on so she had to make do with different item she could write on around the house. Other sources say there were two different events that motivated Stowe to write this book. She was a mother to seven kids and was married to her husband Calvin Stowe. Calvin and Harriet’s sixth child, Charlie, became sick with a deadly disease at a very young age. When Charlie fell sick, Harriet and her husband knew there was nothing they could do and he would soon die. Shortly after he became ill, Charlie passed away. Stowe says, “losing charlie made her understand what a slave woman felt when her child was taken away at the auction block” (Hedrick). Around the same time of Charlie’s death, the Fugitive Slave Law was passed. In Section 6. “The claimant of any fugitive slave ‘may pursue and reclaim such fugitive person, or by seizing and arresting such fugitive, where the same can be done without process… to remove such fugitive person back to the State or Territory from whence he or she may have escaped, using such reasonable force or resistant as may be necessary
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