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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, life among the lowly (volume II only)

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: G


Boston: John P. Jewett & Co. G. 1852. 1st ed. Gift binding, gilt decorated brown cloth embossed binding, gilt lettering on spine, rubbed, spotting, heavy edge wear,some brown . spotting on pages. Book has slant. Hobart & Robbins slug on copyright page, engraving on title page. .

In Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe, the title character Uncle Tom is a long-suffering slave, loyal to both his faith and his master. Presented with an opportunity to escape, he instead chooses to remain in slavery to avoid embarrassing his master. After being sold to a slave trader, Tom suffers brutal treatment and is eventually beaten to death for his refusal to betray his friends — made to represent an ideal of true Christianity. Enormously popular (it was the best-selling novel of the 19th century) and influential, it’s publication in 1852 was instrumental in bringing visibility to the cruel reality of slavery. In more recent years, it has come under considerable criticism for its portrayal of meekness and subservience and the phrase “Uncle Tom” is sometimes used as an epithet for someone seen as overly subservient.  Read more: Identifying first editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, life among the lowly (volume II only)




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