Uncle Tom's Cabin
Daniel Yong and Kelly Luo // Barter Hodum 5/6
In a negative society filled with white supremacy, Uncle Tom gains recognition as someone who helps the American population realize that slavery is getting progressively evil.
This illustration above from Uncle Tom's Cabin emphasizes that slaves were property and not people; the auctioning of slaves is inhumane but plantation owners didn't realize that.
The slaves here are being punished by plantation owners and this emphasizes the fact that slavery is becoming more and more evil throughout the transition of the slave owners.
This illustration shows Uncle Tom being beaten by a new slave owner after being moved, and depicts how as he changes between new owners, slavery is becoming more and more evil.
This picture shows the Legree beating Uncle Tom, a new slave owner than before, and depicts how slavery is becoming harder and more evil as the new owners are more malicious than the previous.
This illustration above shows the final beating of Uncle Tom as he is whipped to death, and he has a vision of God appearing before him; this is a symbol of his deep Christian belief and the idea of him going to heaven with God.
After seeing the photos of Uncle Tom, certain characteristics about Uncle Tom like the idea of his companionship with the girl, and his interaction with a deep Christian belief are different than the stereotype of slavery back then, and the transition of the cruelty of slavery was very different among the different slave owners.
Even though slavery was not as censured as it should have been, people who did not support slavery still went along with social norms and people who did not support slavery still owned slaves to conform with the social norms at the time. In the case of Uncle Tom, the first slave owners had a relationship with him deeper than the other slave owners had, showing how some people may have thought differently about slavery.