Uncle Tom's Cabin

ISBN-10: 0393933997

ISBN-13: 9780393933994

Edition: 2nd 2009

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In the nineteenth century, Uncle Tom’s Cabin sold more copies than any book in the world except the Bible. Upon publication, it was quickly translated into thirty-seven languages and has never gone out of print. It remains a controversial and complex text that, along with David Walker’s Appeal , Henry David Thoreau’s Walden , W. E. B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk , and Helena María Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus , among others, stands out as an important text in the progressive struggle for social justice in the United States. This Second Edition is based on the original 1852 book edition, published in two volumes by John P. Jewett and Company, Boston, and includes all original illustrations. The text is accompanied by a preface and detailed explanatory annotations to assist the reader with obscure historical terms and biblical allusions. “Backgrounds and Contexts” includes a wealth of historical documents addressing the issues of slavery and abolitionism. New visuals in the Second Edition include a selection of abolition posters and records of torture. Also newly included is J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s eyewitness account of slavery as a visitor to the United States, a selection from David Walker’s Appeal , and Henrietta King’s autobiographical account of the horror of slavery. “Criticism” presents a balanced view of the ongoing controversy over Uncle Tom’s Cabin in fifteen reviews and scholarly interpretations spanning more than 150 years of writing about the novel. Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jane P. Tompkins, and Susan M. Ryan, among others, admire Uncle Tom’s Cabin for its social vision and artistry, while James Baldwin and Sophia Cantave, among others, argue that the book’s racism continues to promote misperceptions and that its prominence does ongoing damage. A Chronology of Stowe’s life and work, a Brief Timeline of Slavery in America, and an updated Selected Bibliography are also included.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.562

Josiah Henson began life enslaved, escaped to Canada after forty-one years, and became an administrator and fundraiser for Ontario's Dawn Settlement, an industrial school and township for Canadians of African origin.

A Note on the Text
The Text of Uncle Tom's Cabin
First-edition title page
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Backgrounds and Contexts
Map: The Eastern United States in the Antebellum Period
Slave Sale Announcements
Escaped Slave Advertisements
Abolition Posters
Visual Records of Torture
J. Hector St. John de Cr�vecoeur • [A Visitor's Description of Slavery's Atrocity]
David Walker • [from Appeal, In Four Articles]
Josiah Henson • Life of Josiah Henson
Solomon Northup • A Slave Auction Described by a Slave, 1841
Henrietta King • [A Freeperson's Memory of Slavery's Horror]
Harriet Jacobs • The Trials of Girlhood
William Wells Brown • Another Kidnapping, 1844
• The Flight of Ellen and William Craft, 1849
Harriet Beecher Stowe • Letter to the Abolitionist Eliza Cabot Follen
• From A Key to "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Uncle Tom
The Execution of Justice
• Appeal to the Women of the Free States
Martin Delany • from Blake; or, The Huts of America
George M. Frederickson • Uncle Tom and the Anglo-Saxons: Romantic Racialism in the North
George Cruikshank • Illustration: Tom reading his Bible
• Illustration: The poor bleeding heart
• Illustration: Emmeline about to be sold to the highest bidder
Thomas F. Gosset • Anti-Uncle Tom Literature
Mary C. Henderson • [Tom Shows]
Tom-Show Poster
Nineteenth-Century Reviews and Reception
George Sand • Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
William G. Allen • [About Uncle Tom's Cabin]
Ethiop • Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
George F. Holmes • Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Anonymous • Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Charles Dudley Warner • [Uncle Tom's Cabin a Half Century Later]
Frances Ellen Watkins [Harper] • Eliza Harris
Helen Gray Cone • [Harriet Beecher Stowe and American Women Writers]
Paul Laurence Dunbar • Harriet Beecher Stowe
G. Grant Williams • Reminiscence of the Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Her Family
Modern Critical Views
James Baldwin • Everybody's Protest Novel
Jane P. Tompkins • Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History
Robert S. Levine • Uncle Tom's Cabin in Frederick Douglass' Paper: An Analysis of Reception
Sophia Cantave • Who Gets to Create the Lasting Images? The Problem of Black Representation in Uncle Tom's Cabin
Susan M. Ryan • Charity Begins at Home: Stowe's Antislavery Novels and the Forms of Benevolent Citizenship
Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Chronology
A Brief Timeline of Slavery in America
Selected Bibliography
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