Uncle Tom's Cabin | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David Levin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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Critical Essay by David Levin

SOURCE: "American Fiction as Historical Evidence: Reflections on Uncle Tom's Cabin," in Forms of Uncertainty: Essays in Historical Criticism, University Press of Virginia, 1992, pp. 249-59.

In the excerpt that follows, originally from an essay published in 1971, Levin addresses Stowe's treatment of various social issues in Uncle Tom's Cabin from a historical perspective, concluding that Stowe should be commended for her often-overlooked, complex intellectual statement.

The historical document known as Uncle Tom's Cabin illustrates a truth that has been known to American historians ever since Washington Irving published Knickerbocker's History of New York: that contemporary experience of historians alters the evidence they study. My earliest recollection of that humbling but challenging truth is a high school history teacher's warning in 1939 that we ought not to choose Uncle Tom&#x...

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