Uncle Tom's Cabin Newsletter
Kush Singh, Michael Gordan
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.
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
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. .