Cultural Interactions

Uncle Tom's Cabin


Pop culture of the 1850's brought racial discrimination and the lack of equality in American society to the forefront of both the public and private spheres. As a result, individuals are forced to admit the horrors of slavery and the hypocrisy of the "free" American society.
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"Something That Will Astonish England"

In his script "Something That Will Astonish England", George F. Rowe lively illustrates the true evil nature of the life of a slave and uniquely portrays it in a way that connects with the audience to share the message of inequality within slavery and women in society. This play expressed the slave life during ante-war days and how dark the south was holding discrimination throughout their society in their social and political lives.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Film

Uncle Tom's Cabin film, portrays the life of Uncle Tom and the hardships faced throughout his life to the status of being a slave. This film allowed people to easily see and greatly understand the life of a slave the discriminations they had to face. A film is a great way to connect people together and allow them to interact and feel the emotions the film allows the audience to feel.

By Irene Chen

a). Uncle Tom's Cabin conveys the anti-transcendental belief that individual truths are often disturbing or deceiving through the different mediums used to interpret the story; the picture book incorporates poems centered around pivotal points in the story, thus revealing plot twists and character developments. Additionally, the picture book supports the southern myth that southerners live on plantations by providing examples of Harry and his mother and Uncle Tom being sold by their master to a trader however, it disproves the generalization that ALL slave owners are cruel because Eva's father is mentioned with the intentions to set Uncle Tom free.

Finally, images of Uncle Tom's cabin portray how abolition is essential to restore the free American society.

b). Upon examination of the numerous images, I was impressed by the illustration of Uncle Tom as a self-made man on the stage posters because it implied that Uncle Tom was a dignified character that deserved respect. On a broader spectrum, I was surprised at the plethora of methods used to communicate a common message to different audiences.

By Hena Lee

a). From the images and art shown, this time period visually conveys more than just white superiority, but also expressed the hardships the slaves had to face individually within family, each other, and their future. Their lives become impacted and scared throughout their lives and they will forever remember what it means to be a slave, which also impacts future generations.

b). It was surprising to see an image of an angle, who is most likely Eva, that symbolized freedom and peace. Although she is not a slave, she embodies leaving suffering and forgetting her struggles. This also symbolizes how slaves can also leave their past sufferings and have peace after going through such hardships.