Uncle Tom's Cabin: Or Life Among the Lowly

Uncle Tom's Cabin: Or Life Among the Lowly


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When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852 it caused a sensation. Its antislavery position proved to be one the most powerful cultural influences behind the Civil War. By emphasizing the moral failure inherent in slavery, it helped intensify the conflict between north and south. By the end of the year it had sold over 300,000 copies in the U.S. and more than a million abroad. It went on to be the nineteenth century's worldwide bestseller.

To capitalize on the book's success the publisher released a lavishly illustrated gift version for the Christmas season. Widely known as the "Splendid Edition," the deluxe offering included over one hundred detailed engravings by Hammatt Billings, who had done six pictures for the original printing. The artfully integrated illustrations amplify the book's abolitionist ideas and capture its historical moment, lending the narrative a moving immediacy.

Reissued for the first time, this facsimile edition gives general readers the chance to experience Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic in this most revealing form. It includes a substantial introduction by Bancroft-winning historian David S. Reynolds that situates the novel within the world of ideas and images operative at the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199841431
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 608,658
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His newest book is Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America.

Date of Birth:

June 14, 1811

Date of Death:

July 1, 1896

Place of Birth:

Litchfield, Connecticut

Place of Death:

Hartford, Connecticut



Table of Contents

Introduction by David S. Reynolds
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Chapter 1 CHAPTER I In Which the Reader Is Introduced to a Man of Humanity
Chapter 2 CHAPTER II The Mother
Chapter 3 CHAPTER III The Husband and Father
Chapter 4 CHAPTER IV An Evening in Uncle Tom's Cabin
Chapter 5 CHAPTER V Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
Chapter 6 CHAPTER VI Discovery
Chapter 7 CHAPTER VII The Mother's Struggle
Chapter 8 CHAPTER VIII Eliza's Escape
Chapter 9 CHAPTER IX In Which It Appears That a Senator Is But a Man
Chapter 10 CHAPTER X The Property Is Carried Off
Chapter 11 CHAPTER XI In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind
Chapter 12 CHAPTER XII Select Incident of Lawful Trade
Chapter 13 CHAPTER XIII The Quaker Settlement
Chapter 14 CHAPTER XIV Evangeline
Chapter 15 CHAPTER XV Of Tom's New Master, and Various Other Matters
Chapter 16 CHAPTER XVI Tom's Mistress and Her Opinions
Chapter 17 CHAPTER XVII The Freeman's Defence
Chapter 18 CHAPTER XVIII Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions
Chapter 19 CHAPTER XIX Miss Ophelia's Experiences and Opinions Continued
Chapter 20 CHAPTER XX Topsy
Chapter 21 CHAPTER XXI Kentuck
Chapter 22 CHAPTER XXII "The Grass Withereth—the Flower Fadeth"
Chapter 23 CHAPTER XXIII Henrique
Chapter 24 CHAPTER XXIV Foreshadowings
Chapter 25 CHAPTER XXV The Little Evangelist
Chapter 26 CHAPTER XXVI Death
Chapter 27 CHAPTER XXVII "This Is the Last of Earth" 1
Chapter 28 CHAPTER XXVIII Reunion
Chapter 29 CHAPTER XXIX The Unprotected
Chapter 30 CHAPTER XXX The Slave Warehouse
Chapter 31 CHAPTER XXXI The Middle Passage
Chapter 32 CHAPTER XXXII Dark Places
Chapter 33 CHAPTER XXXIII Cassy
Chapter 34 CHAPTER XXXIV The Quadroon's Story
Chapter 35 CHAPTER XXXV The Tokens
Chapter 36 CHAPTER XXXVI Emmeline and Cassy
Chapter 37 CHAPTER XXXVII Liberty
Chapter 38 CHAPTER XXXVIII The Victory
Chapter 39 CHAPTER XXXIX The Stratagem
Chapter 40 CHAPTER XL The Martyr
Chapter 41 CHAPTER XLI The Young Master
Chapter 42 CHAPTER XLII An Authentic Ghost Story
Chapter 43 CHAPTER XLIII Results
Chapter 44 CHAPTER XLIV The Liberator
Chapter 45 CHAPTER XLV Concluding Remarks

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Uncle Tom's Cabin 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 232 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only the first 4 chapters!!!!!!!! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book starts at chapter twenty nine. Save time and nook memory. Do not bother with this edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After so many years i finally read this classic and i must say its an emotional rollercoaster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the events described in this book may seem highly unethical, the author had little recourse except to depict them in a straightforward manner. Slavery was not and is not ever a pretty picture. Readers turned off by the content are forced to acknowledge the degrading conditions of the oppressed in the antebellum U. S. South. That Uncle Tom could maintain such a positive sense of self-dignity and deep spirituality through the atrocities visited upon him, represents the indomitable spirit displayed by many African Americans during the era portrayed in this novel.
Kasey Andrews More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a project in my American literature class last year and I really enjoyed it. Mrs. Stowe did an excellent job with characterization and descriptions. After researching her use of literary techniques, I could really appreciate her style of writing. It was a very well developed story with very interesting characters, all off them had their own story. I love how you could see the author's faith shine through in the book. It really gives you a different perspective on the religion of the day. I recommend this to readers who are up to a challenge as it is a rather hard book to just sit and read.
pcj60 More than 1 year ago
As an african american i think this is a must read. I never knew how compelling this book would be. Even with the errors it was still worthy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! We are studying this in social studies!
ANDILOU More than 1 year ago
Something that everyone should read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me think of slavery in a whole new way. Highly recommended reading material.
Kennedy Williams More than 1 year ago
Uncletom's cabin is a book that truly depicts the difficulties of slavery.It shows heartache ,adventure and the fear of going to a place that one has never been before.As an african american i believe that it is very important for me to learn where I come from and learn about somthing that many of my ansestors would have had to go through.This book which was written in the 1850's was a very contrivercial one for the time it is one of the first books that truly depicts slaves as having emotion,feelings and real life hopes and asperations.The book begins as the main character tom finds himself being taken to an auction block as his masters have decided to sell him in order to save his failing farm.on the way to the "auction block" tom saves the kind and friendly eva from drowning. As a show of greatfulness her father buys him from his owners so that he can go and live with them.Tom stays with eva and her family building up their friendship and his faith for around 2 years eva becomes very sick and passes away .At that point tom is sold to a devious and evil slave owner who buys sam as well as some other slaves in order to fulfill his explicit fantacy .tom meets a fellow slave named cassey he learns her story of sexual abbuse she also tells him of how the master seperated her from her daughter.she tells him of how she became pregnant again and couldn't bear the pain of seperating from her baby again so she decided to kill it.Toms faith is one of the main things that keeps him stable throughout this book as he faces numerous trials and tribulations.This book is somthing that i believe every one should read to truly understand the history and culture of themselves and the country in which they reside
brothersdr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has to be the most biased and twisted version of the old South since it was written by a Yankee who misunderstood southern society.
keegopatrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book took me a very long time to get into and since I only read American "classic" novels to stay well rounded with my reading not because I find them entirely interesting there were many times where I contemplated not finishing. All of those feelings were in the first 150 pages or so but once Uncle Tom connected with St. Clair and Eva I got really into the book and really started identifying with characters and some of their plights. Many parts of this book were so moving that I can completely understand how this book could have moved people to the Civil War to free the slaves. This book was powerful and have to say that it is in the top five best novels that I have ever read. The range of emotions that you will feel while reading this book will blow your minds! One weird aspect of this book is that it is very religious which may be a sign of the times or may be the way that the author found to be the best vehicle to make the masses see the evil of slavery. The weird part, however, is that I am usually not a religious person but this book rose spiritual feelings within me that I did not even know existed anymore which I think is more evidence of how powerful this book can play on your emotions. One last thought: I desired to read this book as a result of the term "uncle tom" that is used in modern slang English to mean a black person who identifies or hangs with whites more than people of his or her own race. I did not really see this connection except for Tom being a devout christian and if this is why people make the reference then they are not very smart because being a law abiding christian who follows the word of G-D more than anything else is a virtuous trait rather than a negative one. If someone can explain the meaning of our modern language "uncle tom" please do because I am fully interested. Overall, anamazing book that all American middle or high school students should be forced to read to be given a better idea of the Civil War era.
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Please do not waste your time and energy on this piece of junk. Thank you! - a reader
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Upon reading this work it was easy to see how it came to influence the end of slavery. The call to action for Christians was well written.
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"We don't have to do this right now. If your scared. Just tell me." He said, the britishyness in his voice really showing.
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I kinda wanna read it , heard its a good book, but I'm thirteen and have also heard that its really confusing and hard to read. Please reply- should I read it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant read a thing and there is only ten friggin pages...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the way the book was written. Good because Stowe actually lived during the time of the story and wrote her book based upon personal interviews with slaves.