Uncle Tom's Cabin
The cover of this book shows African American slave children being driven out by a white man which shows the exclusion and mistreatment they faced.
This plate shows a woman fleeing with her baby to avoid her baby being sold into slavery which shows the fear slave parents felt for they knew if their children were sold into slavery it would be detrimental.
This advertisement displays the horrors of the slave Tom being beaten and tortured which would explain the strong fear the slaves felt for their white owners.
Uncle Tom's Cabin subtly conveys the deep fear the African American slaves felt in the 1850s because they were horribly dehumanized against their will. The book portrays their abuse and torture and therefore is able to powerfully persuade against slavery in the South and support the abolitionist movement in the North. The images show aspects of slave life that are often hidden behind the scenes of white people's benefit such as their desire to protect their children against the horrors of being sold, praying and crying out for freedom, etc. The most surprising thing I found was that despite these powerful images against slavery, the South still protected slavery even to the point of countering Uncle Tom's Cabin with a similar book.
In Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Stowe, more subtle ideas conveyed in this time period are that Christianity and slavery cannot mix. Any true Christian would not allow the mistreatment and tearing apart of slave families. Additionally, the picturing of the white children with the African American children was used to depict that the color of skin does not differentiate them. Also, the use of graphic images such as showing a whipping of Uncle Tom are used to portray to everyone that slavery is a cruel and painful unnecessary aspect of life that is harming the African Americans. They are both still Americans and deserve to be treated equally in all aspects of life. I was most surprised about the image of a white child constantly accompanying Uncle Tom. Also, the use of Uncle Tom to promote products seemed inappropriate due to the dark message and purpose Uncle Tom’s story portrays.