The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin

Book - 2007
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Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949, Uncle Tom\'s Cabin has lacked literary credibility for fifty years. Now, in a ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrates the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe\'s masterpiece. Uncle Tom\'s Cabin, first published in 1852, galvanized the American public as no other work of fiction has ever done. The editors animate pre-Civil War life with rich insights into the lives of slaves, abolitionists, and the American reading public. Examining the lingering effects of the novel, they provide new insights into emerging race-relation, women\'s, gay, and gender issues. With reproductions of rare prints, posters, and photographs, this book is also one of the most thorough anthologies of Uncle Tom images up to the present day.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2007.
ISBN: 9780393059465
Branch Call Number: FICTION STO
Additional Contributors: Gates, Henry Louis
Robbins, Hollis 1963-


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Apr 01, 2017

Great book with great insight into the life of slaves before the civil war and the attitudes of the White Americans about slavery. I liked the commentary for the most part but disagree with Gates idea that Stowe sexualized Uncle Tom, I just didn't see that as a part of his characterization.

LMcShaneCLE Feb 08, 2013

Read this for the first time or reread this edition with insightful comments by Henry Louis Gates. A revealing look at the American psyche pre-Civil War. Maligned by later generations, but a phenomenon in her time, Stowe helped shape the fervor that precipitated the Civil War.

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