Uncle Tom's Cabin Newsletter

White Superiority in the 1850's

What Message Were Magazines and Other Pop Culture outlets Passing on to Society?

Popular culture in the 1850's created negative perceptions of the African American society through stereotypes in stage performances and songs; this created a distinct separation in the social hierarchy according to ethnicity in mid-nineteenth century America.

Sriya Reddy

A) The dependability of the Slaves was a subtle idea conveyed in the images of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Although the slaves were seen as the lowest social class, The elite whites relied on them to gain profit. With their constant depiction in popular culture, whites acknowledge their dependency on the slaves.


B) A surprising element of the images is the blatant disrespect and suffering the white slave owners put on the slaves. Although it was obvious that slaves were considered second class citizens. It's shocking to realize that white never even acknowledged the human elements of slaves

Gauri Ketkar

A) The most subtle ideas are that one minor detail of a person, such as the color of their skin, gave people the right to treat blacks badly. Their skin color dictated their hierarchy on the social ladder.


B) What surprised me the most was the lack of protesting of the African Americans in the images. In fact one of the images a little girl thought that being white was a desired quality as she used makeup to change her skin tone