Uncle Tom's Cabin Newsletter

Kush Singh, Michael Gordan

Thesis

In "Uncle Tom's Cabin", Harriet Beecher Stowe exemplifies the idea that in the 1850's interactions between different races were not as segregated as society conveys them to be.
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"I'll Stay with Mas'r as Long as He Wants Me — So as I Can Be of Any Use." This shows how the black slave has respect and obedience toward the white master. Judging by the pleasant relationship between the two, their relationship is going against the stereotype that whites exhibit a hostile relation with blacks.
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This picture shows two happy young people of opposite color interacting with smiles on their faces. This shows that people of opposite colors did indeed have friendly encounters.
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This shows a young white girl who is sitting on the lap of a black older man, who seems to be reading a book to the younger girl showing the friendly relationship between the black and the white. This is quite contrary from the social accepted relationship between the blacks and whites.
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As explained with the quotation, the white girl throws herself into the arms of the older black woman, representing a loving relation between the two different races. It shows a congenial relationship between a young white girl and her nanny of the utmost trust in one another. This is not a hostile relationship and obviously an unsegregated one contrary to the popular belief that the relationship between slave and master is always an antagonistic one.

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This relationship between two children of the same age but opposite race depicts a friendly relationship among two kids. This shows positive (though smiling) interaction between them contrary to public belief.
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This is yet another example refuting the the anti slavery ideals of torture and morality through exemplifying the friendship between the white and black girls. This is clearly an amicable relationship and breaks the stereotype of the evils of slavery.

Michael Gordon Response

The most surprising thing I saw was that being sold was likened in my mind to a job relocation in the upset of the person and children as they had to say goodbye to that slave. In this respect the anguish of being sold as property is diminished to that of a common occurrence in modern society. This is surprising that an anti slavery book would try to moderate the imagery, possibly to avoid to great of a shock to the readers.


Kush Singh Response

The harsh relationship between the whites and blacks was often over-exaggerated in society as whites and blacks often exhibited a friendly, non-hostile relationship. Another key point being made through these pictures is that blacks were not always economically disadvantaged and poor. In many of these pictures we see black people well clothed and clean-looking as if they take care of themselves.


Modern day school education has always painted this picture of severe tension between whites and black in pre-20th century (1850's) society. These pictures surprised me in the sense that blacks and whites often did get along and whites weren't always abusing the white physically. Also, to see black people so well-clothed, I was surprised as this goes against common stereotype. .