A World of Acquired Taste

An Examination of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Is Racism Inherent?

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" portrays racism as a trait acquired through time, and displays how no one born into this world with prejudice against others. Through illustrations depicting productions of the original novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was an effective anti-slavery novel in the sense that it showed racism as a product of society rather than a natural god given instinct.

The mind of a young person.

- In This cover of uncle tom's cabinet, you see a young white child interacting with a well dressed black man. The girl represents young people who have not been corrupted by racism. This image argues that as humans, we are born without prejudice.

Young white girl reading the bible to a black man.

- Uncle tom's cabinet further argues that people are not born with prejudice. Here we see a young white girl reading the bible to a black man. The black man in the painting may not know how to read but the privileged white girl who has had private school has the ability. This shows that 2 people of economic differences can come together. The white girl does not care that he may be poor. This further support the idea that racism is an acquired.
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Human purity at an early age.

Uncle tom' cabin continues to stress the idea of human purity by depicting an small white girl dressed very elegantly with a black man. She is wearing all white and being depicted as angel like.
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Without society to corrupt the mind, racism is non existent.

Here we see uncle tom taking a jab at society. You see a young white girl and a black man together. The white girl is also wearing all white, again being depicted as an angel. You see them in a forest together, away from society. With this, there is no outlet for racism, and no space for prejudice. Uncle tom's cabin is following a trend.
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Without the influence of a racist society, anyone can grow up to continue to live a life free of prejudice though

In the final illustation in uncle tom's cabinet, you see not a young white woman, but an older white women. She has compassion and care in her face as she is examining uncle tom after he was whipped. No one was born racist and you do not grow up naturally to be born racist. It is the fault of society that transforms people to become racist to their fellow humans. This woman is white yet shows compasson for a black. She did not allow the society she grew up in to make her prejudice.
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Analysis by Gillian Britt

a. A subtle ideal I noticed throughout the pictures was how children see things much more clearly than adults at times because they are not blinded by prejudice. Eva, the girl depicted in most of the pictures, is often reading the Bible to a black man. The Bible, to Christians, usually has the messages of acceptance of all sinners, no matter what race or gender. The little girl saw this and acted upon it by reading the Bible to the black man.

b. I was shocked by the amount of control the white slave owners had over their slaves. It seems so implausible that they didn't see slaves as humans who could feel love and affection.

Analysis by John Asamoah

A. When i look at these pictures of innocence and acceptance and compare it to paintings of racism that i have seen in the past, it seems as though the young children have much more sense than the older adults in that they don't see race as anything to attack. Then i start to think about the diffrence between an adult and a child. An adult has a much more complex life and factors that can really warp their perspective. For example. Humans only need clothes to survive the weather. They are not suppose to fucntion as ways of showing aristocracy by nature. However it is the rising complexity of humans that fogs their perspective. Now clothes are a sign of money and power. It seems that simplicity is the ideal.

B. An adult is suppose to have more sense than a child. However in these paintings, a child is more loveing, caring, and accepting. These are traits that in modern america, we believe that adults ar suppose to