Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Mid-Nineteenth Century United States
Pen and Conscience
About the Book
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel was the critical event of literature and race relations in nineteenth century America. No other event had such an impact upon the slavery issue.
While Mrs. Stowe wrote the weekly installments (a long serial in an antislavery paper) of Uncle Tom’s Cabin she was living in genteel poverty, the harassed mother of six married to a scholarly but impractical man. A devoted mother who identified with the slave mother, a devout Christian, a skilled and sensitive writer, Stowe was in fact even late in joining the antislavery movement.
The historical and social contexts of the novel’s authorship, issuance, and reception are fully explored; characters, plot, sources and critics are examined as well.
About the Author(s)
Moira D. Reynolds
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, 3 maps, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
1. Written in the Book of Fate 1
2. A Noble Work 13
3. A Nation’s Shame 43
4. A House Divided 69
5. The Exploited Sex 95
6. Harriet’s Era 110
7. Before and After Slavery 128
8. Retrospect 150
Articles, Introductions, and Afterwords 171
Book Reviews & Awards
“recommended”—Choice; “Reynolds…has produced an informative and interesting study of the famous novel, its author, the antislavery movement, and the social history of the period”—The Progressive; “work is scholarly in form”—American Literature.