“Uncle Tom´s Cabin” is a profound novel in American literature and history because it brought forward a new ideology with regard to the national view on slavery, and change the cruel system that treated black people as property. This epic making narrative was seen as an inspiration for humankind because it set the grounds for the American Civil. Its author, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), published the text in March 1852 as a response to the “Fugitive Slave Act” that had been passed two years earlier, and in which it was considered a criminal act to help or aid any escaping slave; this brought great outrage among the citizens and transformed the novel into the most prolific anti-slavery text in American history. The foregrounding for the novel´s narrative framework is constructed with the help
Uncle Tom’s Cabin gave a strong social effect on opposing slavery, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was the prelude of the Civil War, and the Election of 1860 splitted the nation into two sides, which directly led to the War. Notwithstanding that the anti-slavery won the war, there were still many prejudices in the world. So, whenever people were about to criticize or being racist, thought about the effort that people in the past, who spent their entire life only
“ I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, woman-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.” (Douglass 100) Douglass does this to show how hypocritical people in the South were being. Churches were teaching the Christian practice of being kind and compassionate while not actually practicing it themselves. Douglass argues that the actions of some people are against religion. In “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” there are many ironic actions related to religion. Douglass does his best to give us personal accounts of events he witnessed.
This dehumanization of slaves was what helped otherwise Christian people treat slaves as nothing but pieces of property bought and paid for. Stowe illustrates this in dialogue between Senator Bird and Mary by saying it was considered Christian to not feed hungry and homeless slaves (91-92). She also shows the devaluation of slaves as people by describing the heartbreak of breaking up families by selling them separate from each other. When Harry was sold he would have been separated from his mother. The slave holder Haley rationalizing these separations by keeping them secret while they were happening so as not to cause a scene.
Satire is once again used to portray slavery in this novel. For instances, Huck’s father Pap should have been protecting Huck instead of being drunk and abusing Huck. On the other hand, Jim who was a negro slave has more compassion and consideration towards Huck. This shows the foolishness of slavery. Because of Slavery prevalent in that period of time, the slaves were considered to be “mere property” without any emotions or personalities.
The novel is based on a true story, which is about slavery and how slaves were treated in that time. Stowe wrote this story to let the people in the South know about the exploitation that was happening in the North. Stowe tries her best to make this story memorable and successful at the same time. She urges the readers to react to this situation and to take it into consideration. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was not considered to be a racist text in that time, but rather an awareness message to let the readers know that people are aware of prejudice.
After building up facts he turns the emotions felt to show how unfair slavery was. He quotes a part of the Declaration of Independence but then directly follows it with, “ but, sir, how pitiable is it to reflect… of my brethren under a groaning captivity, and cruel oppression” (9). Referring back to his heritage makes his argument stronger because it is more personal than it would be from a non African American. He then attempts to switch their perspective by quoting the Bible. The Americans were very religious people so and they were proving themselves hypocritical because the bible states, “put your soul in their soul's stead” (9).
Uncle Tom 's Cabin, written by Harriet Breecher Stowe, is still critically acclaimed and recognized today for its prolific affects towards the abolition of slavery in the United States. It opened the eyes of Northerner 's and Southerners alike to the horrors of slavery and its degradation of another human being. Challenging the notion at that time, that slaves were property and not "human", Stowe 's work asserts that slaves too were thinking, feeling, and valuable human beings. Through her writings, Stowe presented the reader another view about the "peculiar institution"; that slavery was not only morally offensive, but a reflection of the base rational held by those who supported the act. In her novel, Stowe primarily focuses on how the treatment of slaves reflects the real attitude amongst citizens towards slavery.
During the Civil War, Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all the slaves to be free. Some of the pressures Lincoln was under when he passed the Emancipation Proclamation were the Confederacy and the Union. The Confederacy was for slavery and the Union was against slavery. According to many documents and research, I believe that Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation for moral reasons. Lincoln was a very religious man, and that influenced his morals.One reason freeing the slaves had a moral impact on Lincoln was his religion.When Lincoln was running for president he spoke about what he plans on doing.
One of the most controversial issues of the mid-nineteenth century was that of slavery. In September of 1850 the Fugitive Slave Law began as part of the Compromise of 1850, which provided for the return of runaway slaves to their owners. The Fugitive Slave Law caused a significant increase in abolitionist activity in the form of writing and riots. In response to the Fugitive Slave Law, common citizens starting backing the abolitionist movement with writing and text. As stated by the History Channels America: The Story of US, “Ordinary people were outraged by the new law...abolitionist newspapers and literature spread like wildfire.” (History).