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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe Narrator: Susie Berneis Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781629235011
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The best-selling novel of the nineteenth century, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s powerful abolitionist novel fueled the fire of the human rights debate, contributing to the outbreak of the American Civil War. Most immediately, the novel served as a response to the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which made it illegal to give aid or assistance to a runaway slave. Under this legislation, Southern slaves who escaped to the North had to flee to Canada in order to find real freedom. Denouncing the institution of slavery in dramatic terms, the incendiary novel remains a classic of American literature today.

In debt, Kentucky farmer Arthur Shelby reluctantly decides to trade two of his slaves. The two—middle-aged Uncle Tom and young Harry—are to be sold to Mr. Haley, a detestable slave trader. In order to protect her son, Eliza, Harry’s mother and Mrs. Shelby’s maid, makes a dramatic escape with him over the Ohio River. Meanwhile, Uncle Tom, who refuses to run away, is separated from his family and sent down river to be traded on the slave market. The novel progresses as the two stories move toward two very different forms of freedom, the juxtaposed narratives serving to highlight the harsh reality of slavery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the greatest productions of the human mind.”

    Leo Tolstoy

  • “[Beecher Stowe has] baptized with holy fire myriads who before cared nothing for the bleeding slave.”

    Frederick Douglass

  • “Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin…demonstrates that one can write something that changes the world and makes it a better place. She reinforces the concept that the root of evil is the abuse of power, and it is important for all of us to remember that. It’s why people bully. It’s why they rape, torture, and murder.”

    Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Belongs to the very short list of American books that helped create or consolidate a reform movement.”

    New York Times

  • “To expose oneself in maturity to Uncle Tom’s Cabin may…prove a startling experience.”

    Edmund Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin is the most powerful and enduring work of art ever written about American slavery.”

    Alfred Kazin, American writer and award-winning literary critic

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About the Author
Author Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the daughter of an outspoken religious leader, who raised her on devotional tales of Christian charity and brotherhood. When her father moved the family to Cincinnati, she had her first exposure to slavery and abolitionism, witnessing race riots, hearing the stories of runaway slaves, and aiding fugitive slaves from the South.

About the Narrator

Susie Berneis is a professional voice-over artist. She has a BA in English and theater from the University of Michigan and more than twenty years of community theater experience. Her audiobook narrations include The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award in 2014.