Published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabinis an account of the trials and tribulations of the eponymous character and other slaves in antebellum America, and is a testament to the fact that literature can bring about social change. This edition of the novel seeks to bring the tale of Uncle Tom to contemporary readers. Meticulously edited and annotated, this edition features a detailed introduction providing contextual and thematic information. The novel is further supplemented by two essays—a nineteenth-century critical response to the novel soon after it was published, and an erudite critical study by Kenneth Hada that presents a modern-day perspective.
Introduction Life and Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–96) Literary, Historical and Political Contexts Slavery, Race and Colonization Conceptualizations of Race in Uncle Tom’s Cabin Christianity and Uncle Tom’s Cabin The Roles of Women: Home and the World Form and StyleReception of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Importance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Uncle Tom’s Cabin Notes and Annotations
Critical Readings ‘Notices of New Works’ from The Southern Literary Messenger Unsigned; Probably John R. Thompson The Kentucky Model: Economics, Individualism and Domesticity in Uncle Tom’s Cabin Kenneth Hada Selected Bibliography
Aloka Patel teaches at the Department of English, Sambalpur University.