Uncle Tom's Cabin: Or Life Among the Lowly

ISBN : 9780199841431

Harriet Beecher Stowe
608 Pages
162 x 238 mm
Pub date
Jun 2011
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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.


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

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.

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