Uncle Tom's Cabin Slideshow

Thesis

The cultural interactions between blacks and whites in the 1850's was defined by assimilation into white-American culture as whites viewed them as kind and friendly people capable of contributing to society.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin at "Hunter's Paradise"

This image depicts the interaction between whites and blacks after hunting a deer together. This shows that the white Americans are willing to interact with the African Americans. It also shows the white view of African Americans as capable of contributing to society.
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Eva's Death

After Eva's death, her father and the slave were bonding together over her death. They share a common loss and a common grief. It shows how African Americans are indeed capable of experiencing the same social challenges as whites.
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Uncle Tom Reading With Eva

This picture that appears on a children's board game portrays Uncle Tom reading a story book to Eva. This relationship shows how an African American would be kind enough to bond and help a little white girl read; therefore, portraying whites and blacks on a similar social level.
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This image of Eva and Topsy takes place outside of Eva's home. Eva is worried about Topsy being out in the rain and "getting wet" so she looks like she is inviting her inside of her house. This shows the care that Eva, a white girl, shows for the African American girl, Topsy.
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"Brooksie and Her Pals" Cut-Outs

The cutouts display one brown cow, African American Topsy, and one white cow, white American Eva. The reference to them being "pals" shows how African Americans and white Americans can, indeed, become friends despite vast cultural differences. The cutouts display cultural interactions between the two different races as amiable and friendly towards one another.

Preston Holley's Individual Response

1) Some of the more subtle ideas portrayed in our slideshow other than white supremacy are ideas of the subjugation of African culture. Many of the pictures show the African Americans acting in American ways, dressing in American clothes, and contributing the American lifestyle. There is a lack of portrayal for the culture of Africans, giving a sense of cultural subjugation of the part of the African Americans.


2) I found it most surprising that most of the pictures were able to show both white and blacks on an equal playing field if you will. There isn't much stratification being shown in the majority of the pictures we chose to showcase, which I found rather surprising considering the time period.

Arta Fan's Individual Response

1) One of the more subtle nuances conveyed in the images other than white supremacy is the idea of Feminism. Especially in the picture with Topsy in the rain, it shows how females stick up for each other and take care of each other.


2) I found it surprising that all of the pictures that we chose showed that the whites and the Africans were bonding together and mingling. Especially in a time of such segregation, it was surprising to find such the opposite in all the pictures.