Uncle Tom's Cabin, Or, Life Among the LowlyPaperback - 2001 | 2001 Modern Library pbk. ed.
When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment and portrait of human dignity in the most inhumane circumstances enlightened hundreds of thousands by revealing the human costs of slavery, which had until then been cloaked and justified by the racist misperceptions of the time. Langston Hughes called it "a moral battle cry," noting that "the love and warmth and humanity that went into its writing keep it alive a century later," and Tolstoy described it as "flowing from love of God and man."
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George Harris: “We have more than the rights of common men; we have the claim of an injured race for reparation. But, then, I do not want it; I want a country, a nation, of my own. . . . I go to Liberia, not as to an Elysium of romance, but as to a field of work. I expect to work with both hands, to work hard; to work against all sorts of difficulties and discouragements; and to work till I die” (478-479).
“I’d rather have poor clothes, poor house, poor everything, and have ‘em mine, than have the best, and have ‘em any man’s else” (Tom, 340).
But there, on the bed, lay her slumbering boy, his long curs falling negligently around his unconscious face, his rosy mouth half open, his little fat hands thrown out over the bed-clothes, and a smile spread like a sunbeam over his whole face. "Poor boy! poor fellow!" said Eliza; "they have sold you! but your mother will save you yet!"
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