Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin Essay

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By the 19th century the debate over race centered around two theories: “one theory was that different races signified different species; the other, that humans were one species and that race represented discrepancy in the human species” (Michael). These views are also related to the understandings in the bible. Through the mid-19th century, there were conflicts of slavery in both the United States of America and in Europe. The abolitionist movement of the 19th century wanted to humanize African slaves in various ways which was to: influence political power and public opinion. One of the ways that race played out in popular culture was in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which described a more realistic representation of slavery and tried to humanize slaves. Another way that race played out in popular culture was in Melville’s Benito Cereno. Melville’s hurtful criticism of the reasoning of race at the time supported the freedom of slaves without recognizing them as equals. Benito Cereno has special significance as a notice to the white men against misjudging the black men they believe they cannot compare to. Although both authors interpret race as well as racism fairly similar in authority, Harriet Beecher Stowe shows that slavery is utterly immoral and the domination of one group of people by another based on race is unacceptable while Melville has a stereotypical view on race and believes slavery is moral.
Harriet Beecher Stowe expresses racial double…

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