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Rethinking Uncle Tom : the political philosophy of Harriet Beecher Stowe

Author: W B Allen
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, ©2009.
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"Generally critics and interpreters of Uncle Tom have constructed a one-way view, albeit offering a few kind words for him along the way. Recovering Uncle Tom requires retelling his story. This book delivers on that task, while accomplishing something no other work on Harriet Beecher Stowe has fully attempted; an in-depth statement of her political thought. Her oeuvre, in partnership with that of her husband,  Read more...
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Named Person: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Harriet Beecher Stowe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W B Allen
ISBN: 9780739127995 0739127993 9780739127988 0739127985 9780739133545 0739133543
OCLC Number: 247962929
Description: xx, 463 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Book I The Ghostly Cry: Uncle Tom's Cabin --
Part I --
Part II --
Book II Non-utopian Optimism: Harriet Stowe's Evangelical Liberalism --
Part I The Middle Passage: Sunny Memories --
Part II Salvation.
Responsibility: William B. Allen.
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"Generally critics and interpreters of Uncle Tom have constructed a one-way view, albeit offering a few kind words for him along the way. Recovering Uncle Tom requires retelling his story. This book delivers on that task, while accomplishing something no other work on Harriet Beecher Stowe has fully attempted; an in-depth statement of her political thought. Her oeuvre, in partnership with that of her husband, Calvin, constitutes a demonstration of the permanent necessity of moral and prudential judgment in human affairs. It identifies the political conditions that can best guarantee conditions of decency. Her two disciplines philosophy and poetry illuminate the founding principles of the American republic and remedy defects in their realization that were evident in the mid-nineteenth century. While slavery is not the only defect, its persistence and expansion indicate the overall defects. In four of her chief works (Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stinny Memories of Foreign Lands, Dred, and Oldtown Folks), Stowe teaches not only how to eliminate the defect of slavery, but also how to realize and maintain a regime founded on the basis of natural rights and Christianity."--Jacket.

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