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I've recently had the most delightful pleasure of reading one of the best books ever -- Uncle Tom's Cabin: or, Life among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Recently I was in need of trying to understand a phrase I'd been hearing. My research on the Internet kept bringing me to a term "an Uncle Tom" which was always spoken with utter contempt and the alluded-to concept of a traitor. I was not satisfied with what I was finding and my dictionary afforded no relief.
So I turned to the public library and checked out a copy of the book Uncle Tom's Cabin: or, Life among the Lowly. The library had numerous copies and I chose one with the original text and without the usual literary critic's additive and alterative remarks.
Wow, what a treasure!
This Tom character was not in the least what others had alluded to. I can only assume that those who spoke derisively about dear Tom had not actually read the book themselves but merely seen or heard some altered rendition of it which was misunderstood by the listener or the teller or both.
I found Harriet Beecher Stowe to be an excellent author, carefully weaving her sentiments and historical matters into the various characters of her adventurous novel. As was probably the only way a woman could be heard broadly in the mid 1800s, she spoke passionately through her characters. I'm not surprised that her novel was a hit in its day, exposing to daylight the evils and regrets of a system that was entirely accepted and protected by law, along with the poignant moments of love and caring that existed amongst those same evils.
The way Mrs. Stowe writes, it is easy to see and understand all the many aspects of that portion of American history devoted to the ownership of other humans as chattel. Also a delight was reading all the varied viewpoints that people held (pro and con) of such a system and even the enormous magnitude of what it would take to overcome that stubborn system. What foresight!
If you've never read this book and would like a good read (keep the tissues handy because you'll need them), I highly recommend you read this book.
What a delightful story it is!
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