Harriet Beecher Stowe
ABOLITIONIST WHO WROTE POWERFUL NOVELS TO SUPPORT HER CAUSE
Connection to Grimké Sisters
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is about a man named Tom, a very religious slave who lives at the Shelby Plantation. The Shelby’s go into debt and need to sell some slaves. They sell Tom and Harry, a four year old boy. Eliza, Harry’s mother, doesn’t want to be separated from Harry, so she takes him and flees from the Plantation. Tom decides not to flee because he believes the rest of his family would be safer with the Shelby Family. He ends up being taken to Louisiana to a slave owner named Simon Legree. Simon Legree was a terrible slave owner who was brutal to his slaves. In the end, Tom and Eliza are emancipated. Eliza’s family moves to Canada and lives their life there. Tom, on the other hand, will not deny his beliefs in Christianity and will not give the hiding place of two women. Because of this, Legree whips Tom to death before he can live his life as a free man.