Set of figures from Uncle Tom's Cabin, England, ca. 1855 (private collection)

Uncle Tom's Cabin Figures

Morgan, Jo-Ann. Uncle Tom's Cabin as Visual Culture. University of Missouri Press, 2007.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin. W.W. Norton, 2007.

Jeffrey, Julie Roy. The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement. University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Lott, Eric. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. Oxford University Press, 1993.

McKivigan, John R. Religion and the Antebellum Debate Over Slavery. University of Georgia Press, 1998.

1. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the nineteenth century. Discuss the relationship between the illustrations in the early editions of the novel and the porcelain figures made in England. Consider what parts of the novel were chosen to be illustrated or to be made into figures and how they helped shape how readers understood the novel. See Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture. [Interactive website with enormous amounts of information]

2. Uncle Tom's Cabin became well known through music and stage adaptations. Discuss the antebellum stage renditions and their relationship to the already established tradition of minstrel shows.

3. While Harriet Beecher Stowe is the most famous woman in the abolitionist movement, she is merely one of many active in the movement. Discuss the role that women played in abolitionism.

4. What was the relationship between abolitionism and evangelicalism in the 19th-century South? Consider the role that religion plays in Uncle Tom's Cabin.