Uncle Tom's Cabin Newsletter

Kelly Dong and SunHo Kim


In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe is able to communicate her idea that racial interactions during the 1850's were not as stringent and one-sided as many have thought, by portraying good relations between various black and white people.

Sunho's Response

a.) The subtle arguments that can be found within the images of Uncle Tom's Cabin imply unity and friendliness between black and white Americans, unlike the popularly held belief of animosity and anger between the two races. It also subtly implies that not all blacks were economically poor, and impoverished as many whites had believed. The images portray cooperation, and friendliness that many people believed did not occur between the two races.

b.) The images from the website surprised me in that they showed a a certain sense of unity between blacks and whites, the images showed that communication and unity was possible between to seemingly opposite and uncooperative races. The images also surprised me in its portrayal of the ease and happiness mingled with sorrow and atrocities that occurred during the time period of the book's original publication.

Kelly Dong's Response

a.) From the images on this website, we can see certain characteristics of the lives of these characters such as their socioeconomic status based on their surroundings or clothes. Furthermore, it becomes apparent that relations between blacks and whites at were not so cut and dry at the time as it might seem today.

b.) The numerous amount of pictures in which black and white people were interacting in a normal manner were surprising, due to the fact they are usually seen as opposing races during this time period, with blacks fighting for freedom while most whites oppress them. However, from these pictures we can see that many of them actually had good relations with one another which is usually not apparent to students of history.