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Racism in Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
An analysis of whether there is genuine racism in Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
# 134163 | 1,000 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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The paper discusses how there are many troubling characterizations of African-Americans in Harriet Beecher Stowe's, "Uncle Tom's Cabin". The paper points out that Uncle Tom has been often perceived as a weak-willed, ingratiating figure more concerned with placating whites than with defending his people. At the same time, it can hardly pass without notice that the most articulate and "sympathetic" African-Americans in Stowe's book are light-skinned - a clear suggestion that lightness of skin and personal merit were some correlated in the mind of the authoress. However, this paper - while not disputing that there are unfortunate characterizations in the text - argues that Beecher Stowe generally sought to portray African-Americans in a way that emphasized their humanity and potentiality. For that reason, the writer believes that while there are definitely stereotypes in the novel, they are outweighed by the book's many strengths.

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