Uncle Tom's Daily

Nishtha Prasad and Shreya Ashokkrishnan

Although slave owners perceive blacks to be solely property and uncivilized people, African Americans are not inferior and are equally capable of contributing to society as their white counterparts.


Preface for European Edition

In authorizing the circulation of this work on the continent of Europe the author has only the apology that the love of man is higher than the love of country.

In the preface Uncle Tom's Cabin European Edition, the author ardently emphasizes on the focus of humanity as a whole (regardless of race) rather than its effects on the state, meaning that it is important for freedom to apply to all in society regardless of color.

Farewell in National Era

"Dear children, you will one day be men and women; and she hopes that you will learn from this story always to remember and pity the poor and oppressed, and, when you grow up, show your pity by doing all you can for them. Never, if you can help it, let a colored child be shut out of school, or treated with neglect and contempt, because of his color."

Farewell in National Era

The quote from the Farewell In National Address advocates for the equality of African Americans in American society with regards to education and opportunity for African American children posses equal academic ability to white children.

Shreya Ashokkrishnan

a. Many of these images convey the relationships between African Americans and whites beyond just the idea of whites owning slaves. Some images showed whites and blacks together seemingly sharing intimate moments or friendship. This conveys the idea that blacks and whites could have had a healthy relationship despite the hostility slaves faced. Additionally, many of the pictures portrayed blacks in a more positive light and whites as a negative force. Whites were depicted as inhumane people having full control over their "property", blacks are shown as victims of the horrible crimes of whites. This shows how many people of the time viewed slavery as inhumane and cruel despite it being such an integral part of society.

b. What surprised me about the images is the way in which black-white relationships were portrayed. Many were shown as loving relationships which creates a sharp contrast between what the common assumption is. For example, two of the images portrayed a black individual caring for a young white child. This depicts how the relationship between blacks and whites is more than what meets the eye.

Nishtha Prasad

a) There are various images, such as Uncle Tom and Eva or At Legree's, that convey an idea of an African American character that is civilized and equal to that of a white man. Furthermore, several of the literature pieces, most prominent being Farewell In National Era, highlight on the need for African American equality to truly be executed through certain means, such as education, which is therefore advocating not only for the equality of blacks, but freedom to those who are not free.

b) The most surprising element to the images was seeing certain African American individuals easily getting along with their white counterparts, therefore representing how not all blacks were savage. This is clearly defined in the image of Uncle Tom and Eva in which a black man is seen nurturing a young white girl.