Uncle Tom's Cabin

By: Bronte Bagwell and Inan Sinha

Thesis

Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" represents the societal differences between African Americans and whites at the time, as well as the cruelty of slavery.

Cultural Interactions

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Billy Rose Theatre Collection, New York

This picture represents the societal interactions and differences between blacks and whites in the 1850's due to the fact that it represents blacks as eccentric of mad, following the social norms, rather than realistically depicting them.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Smoking Tobacco

This picture further represents the interactions between African Americans and whites; however, this one shows a more benevolent relationship that would be more typical between the two.
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First Edition Cover Page of Uncle Tom's Cabin

This original cover of Uncle Tom's Cabin shows a slave life in a confined which represents African Americans' being given minimal space with or without slavery.

Analysis- Bronte Bagwell

The subtle idea of this variety of images shows how cruel slavery really was. These images also showed the potential for African Americans and whites to be at peace through children.

The most surprising thing about the images I observed was how much more African Americans were portrayed as kind figures in children stories rather than any other type of grouping.