Everything you need to understand or teach Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Following three slaves and their experiences in and out of slavery, Stowe's novel deals with the effects of slavery on both blacks and whites in the antebellum, or pre-Civil War, South. Uncle Tom's Cabin can be seen in four uneven parts: Part I consisting of chapters one through nine, about the slave Eliza and her escape to freedom; Part II consisting of chapters ten through twenty-nine, about Uncle Tom and his relationship with Little Eva on the St. Clare plantation; Part III consisting of chapters thirty through forty-two, about Simon Legree and the death of Uncle Tom; and Part IV consisting of chapters forty-three through forty-five, which offer a resolution of the action and Harriet Beecher Stowe's appeal for the end of slavery.Part I
Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852 and was understood to take place in "real time," so the initial setting can be described as a plantation in Kentucky in 1852. The plantation owner, Mr. Shelby, is negotiating with a cold-hearted slave trader named Mr. Haley to sell some of his slaves in order to pay his debts. Though it is considered a bad practice to sell slaves and break up families, Mr. Shelby agrees to sell Uncle Tom, a devoted and hard-working slave, as well as Harry, the five-year-old child of the house servant Eliza. When Eliza overhears the plan, she decides to run away from the plantation with Harry and to take the "underground railroad" to freedom in Canada. She tries to warn Uncle Tom of his danger and to persuade him to join her, but he refuses to violate Mr. Shelby's trust.
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