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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (71,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. Beset by financial difficulties, the Shelbys sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby promises to someday redeem him. The story relates Uncle Tom’s trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, “a man of humanity,” as the first black hero in American fiction. Upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln allegedly remarked, “So this is the little lady who started this new great war!” The novel became an overnight sensation and was hailed by Tolstoy as “one of the greatest productions of the human mind.” It remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work, exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward slavery and documenting in heart-rending detail the tragic breakup of black families.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Leo Tolstoy

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carlene Havel | 2/13/2014

    " Not the best-written book I've read, but one of those classics you just have to have on the mental bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/12/2014

    " I went back and reread this after giving it to my neice who was interested in learning more about race and slavery in America. It definately made more of an impact than it did in high school. Though I remember being very moved by it then as well. It's a classic that holds up and should be read by everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Camille | 2/4/2014

    " It took me way too long to read this book. H.B. Stowe is an American writer who fled to Paris when pressure over this book became so extreme. She is featured in the book "The Greater Journey" by McCullough which I highly recommend. The writing style of the time is so different than contemporary works but how timely and what a thoughtful and thorough treatment of the subject matter. Should be required reading for every American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " What a great book. I can't imagine the shock and horror people must have felt when they read this book in the 1800's. Hooray for Harriet Beecher Stowe! "

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