1854 President Franklin Pierce enforced the law strenuously o Determined that

1854 president franklin pierce enforced the law

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1854- President Franklin Pierce enforced the law strenuously o Determined that the entire army and navy would be under orders to help federal commissioners enforce the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 - Harriet Beecher Stowe’s publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin , 1852 o Depicts racism of northerners who want to abolish slavery, but have no desire to be around black people o HBS had always been anti-slavery o She and her husband Calvin had African American servants, she heard stories from them about runaway slaves who had crossed the Ohio River o HBS had always been a member of anti-slavery society o Believed slavery was a sin and that it was evil o Before she wrote UTC had written other short stories o Sister Catherine Beecher never married, was a schoolteacher, wrote about domesticity o HBS is an exemplar of everything Nancy Cott was writing about- learn about the gender ideology regarding womanhood and religion o HBS wrote UTC to arouse readers about the inherent evil of slavery, to her there was no such thing as a kind master
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o Her point is there is no such thing as a nice situation in slavery, the essence of slavery is the depravation of liberty o “The thing itself is the essence of all abuse.” o Is her depiction of slavery accurate? M, 12/3 Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom’s Cabin Political Disintegration and Sectional Allegiances General Information about HBS and UTC Major themes: Slavery- she thought slavery was a sin and that it was her duty as a Christian woman to speak out; writes UTC to arouse sympathies of white northerners about the situation of slavery in the south o Book was very controversial o A number of southerners wrote articles challenging some of her depictions of slavery suggestion that she had severely exaggerated o Thought it was nothing more than abolitionist propaganda o All fictional characters- How accurate was the novel? She was pretty accurate…the various stories that HBS tells can be paralleled to real life; her reason for including different slave owners as her characters with different ways of treating their slaves is that there is NO situation in which slavery can be considered ok Humanity of African-American slaves o First piece of literature that depicted African Americans as real human beings o UTC is not free of certain racist stereotypes o Her African American characters are not all alike, there are many different ways that the African American slaves respond to their deprivation o She portrays a significant amount of variety among both the white characters and the black characters, the slave owners and the slaves Religion o 2 of the major character of the book (Tom and Eva) are devout Christians o HBS is clearly in that tradition of religious symbolism that emphasized that religion was a matter of the heart o Besides Tom, mainly females who talk about religion Motherhood o Many of the characters are mothers, but not in the same way o Glorification of motherhood Civil Disobedience Racism
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