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Uncle Tom's Cabin | [Harriet Beecher Stowe]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.
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Publisher's Summary

Published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin brought the abolitionists' message to the public conscience - no woman before or since has so moved America to take action against an injustice. Indeed, Abraham Lincoln greeted Stowe in 1863 as "the little lady who made this big war."

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada.

As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family. Befriending a white child, Evangeline St. Clare, Tom is purchased by her father and taken to their home in New Orleans. Although Evangeline's father finally resolves to free his slaves, his sudden death places him in the ranks of those who mean well by their slaves but never take action. Tom is sent farther downriver to Simon Legree's plantation, and the whips of Legree's overseers.

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    Courtney Los Angeles, CA, US 08-08-10
    Courtney Los Angeles, CA, US 08-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "a classic well worth the time"

    I enjoyed this book. I don't know how historically correct it is but it is absolutely heartbreaking and entertaining at the same time. Definitely makes you think. Kept my interest the whole way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Forte 02-22-15
    M. Forte 02-22-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Mandatory read for everyone"

    I never had to read this growing up and I'm sure glad I decided to now. Uncle Tom's Cabin really shows the good as well as bad in the slave-plagued South. Unlike many other books, there was no gory descriptions of punishments even though you know they happened. It makes for a great author where the descriptions can make you understand what happened without spelling everything out.

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    Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller Mississippi State, MS (Starkville, MS) United States 02-18-15
    Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller Mississippi State, MS (Starkville, MS) United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A story with relevance today"

    In school, I was never assigned to read this novel, although my older brother and friends were. I suspect that the Black Nationalists and other militants fought to have it removed from the curriculum. However, I have often heard submissive blacks called "Uncle Toms." I wanted to find out what that meant, so I read the book for myself. The story tells of a very honorable man who lived and died for his principles and for good--not of the wretched, obsequious character whom the name now represents. I wonder how many people who use this name as a slur have actually read the book.

    The book was a very touching story about the ills of slavery and about its deleterious effects on the entire country and world. We see parallels today in Congress's treatment of the Obama administration. As a black professional, I have also encountered similar attempts to break my spirit and to make me submissive. I am often treated like an old pack mule, who, despite having reached the highest level in my profession, is there to serve my young, white coworker and to be assigned tasks that the younger staff members don't want.

    And so it continues. But Uncle Tom gives me strength. However, I demand justice today, not in the hereafter. And, thanks to prudent people like some of the abolitionists, I am able to get it sometimes.

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    B. Phillips San Bernardino, CA 02-05-15
    B. Phillips San Bernardino, CA 02-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Good book well performed"

    This is the first time I have read this book. It was a good story and probably something everyone should read for historical perspective. Now that I have I will likely not read it ever again.

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    Erica San Diego, CA, United States 02-01-15
    Erica San Diego, CA, United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My new favorite - book and narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Uncle Tom's Cabin the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. I read the book but listened as well because of the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were so many and, rather than pick an obvious character like Tom or St. Clare, I choose Topsy. The narrator's depiction of her will have her forever with me.


    What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So ever much. His depiction of Topsy, and of Quimbo, with his guttural laugh...truly fantastic. I have great admiration for Schirner's gift of narration and will look for more books using his gift. Also, I listen to many books and often find that the narrators mix up voices (although they catch them within a few words or so). I didn't find any of that with Schirner. He had an overflowing cast of voices to keep straight and he did it with ease.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely. A box of tissue are a must for this book. It is gripping, heart wrenching, captivating. I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    It is such a shame that Uncle Tom's Cabin has become blacklisted in the school system. This is a masterpiece - truly. I will definitely have my teens read it. This has become my new favorite and I didn't think anything could dethrone To Kill a Mockingbird or Christmas Carol. The characters in this book will stay for me a lifetime.

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    Mark 01-26-15
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    "Amazing book, excellent narrator"
    If you could sum up Uncle Tom's Cabin in three words, what would they be?

    Three words? Really?


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    He was an excellent narrator. I had tried the Richard Allen version and found it to be unlistenable. So I switched to this one, and was very glad that I did. He gives this amazing book the treatment it deserves.


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    "Never read this before"

    Omg I loved this story. What an amazing story for when it was written. I'm glad I decided to read it now. I highly recommend this for everyone and reread it if you have.

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    william jarvis raytown, mo, US 01-23-15
    william jarvis raytown, mo, US 01-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The power of audible"

    I've started reading this book 2-3 times in the past but always found it tiresome to read so much that is spelled phonetically. I love classic literature, and am fairly well versed, but have always found books such as this a chore to read simply because of the phonetic language. Don't get me wrong, it absolutely adds a crucial depth to the story it just doesn't read as swiftly as I like. I am very happy to have found audible, it has afforded me the opportunity to be able to get through some of the books I've always wanted to read. Uncle Tom's cabin was a wonderful heart felt story that I feel privileged to have been able to experience. The narrator did an exemplary job given the rather difficult accents and manners of speaking.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    Very historically significant, but honestly it was a bit hockey. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was much better. However this book is worth a read.

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    Spencer 01-06-15
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    Gives a touching picture of slavery in the south and the power of trusting in God. Narrator does a good job of giving the african American accent to make the book feel genuine.

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