Uncle Tom's Cabin
by: Kylie Tweed, Hannah Grinnell & Halle Tarvin
This image depicts out of control black children which portrays the black parents lack of parenting skills.
This image shows a young black girl with cigarettes who is using bad grammar showing her lack of maturity and education.
This image depicts a high class white woman yelling at a lower class black woman which shows that society accepts a sort of caste system among whites and blacks.
This image shows an upper class white man riding a horse in town while he watches blacks sitting in the dirt beside a building being unproductive.
This image depicts a white child looking upwards in a white gown symbolizing a cherub while a black child grovels at her feet wearing black rags.
This image shows an upper class white woman judgementally looking over the shoulder of a lower class black woman while she attempts to write.
b) I think the most surprising thing I witnessed in these images would be the idea of submission from the blacks to the whites. Although they knew the injustices they dealt with they also felt they couldn't do much about it because of the positions that whites held in society. Also, considering the actual story was anti-slavery it was surprising that many images depicted examples of the negative aspects to slavery rather than showing a more anti- slavery stance that the story produces.
b) The most surprising thing about these images was the idea that in the 1850s, only ten years before the abolishing of slavery,such strong black stereotyping and ridicule was so common and accepted throughout American society. The story itself, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was an anti-slave children's book. It is depicted in daily life such as advertisements as well as plays, post cards, etc. and its subject matter is abused in a racially stereotypical way.
The most surprising thing about the images were that not all of them showed pain. Some of the pictures depicted the black man/women caring for a child or for a family member with happiness not pain or hate. It was also surprising that the black people were not always shown as lesser in a picture. They could be shown as good and welcomed in a postive way not a negative way.