Slavery In Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Establishment of any unethical code and custom like slavery can’t bring any fruitful basis and benefit to a society. When physical force stays behind to efface the evil and immorality of slavery from the white centered society of America, an Afro-American black writerH. B. Stowe comes forward with a view to revolting against such class bigotry through her writings.Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852),an anti-slavery novel and an agent of social change, explores the stumpy and angst-riddenslave-life of the blackpeople in the 19th century American society. Frederic Douglas (1818-1895),an African-American renowned writer and critic, highly hails the novel as an addressed to the soul of universal humanity. According to Stowe “enslaving of the African race is a clear violation of the great law which commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Stowe 623). Later,it gains a wide prop up and recognition from two other American critics Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) and Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) who concede it as an influential book in American history, concluding slavery as evil both in its nature and practice.On the other hand,Uncle Tom’s Cabinalso has its share of brickbatas William Lloyd Garrison thinks that the novel is not an actualportrayal of slavery and,James Baldwindefines it as a “very bad novel, having its self-righteous, virtuous sentimentality, much in common with Little Women” (quoted in Gillespie 198), a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).

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