Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin Essays

1536 Words May 26th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout history, artists have used their mediums to communicate their opinions on their environment and what is going on at the time. The ability to make societal change through representation has been a major theme throughout the texts this year. Abolitionists, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Northerners saw slavery as a moral detriment that was against Christianity. Southern states saw slavery as a financial gain and a political advantage, Harriet Beecher Stowe uses her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1850, to combat the morality of slavery and the Fugitive Slave Act, also established in 1850. The Fugitive Slave Act required every citizen in the United States to report and return escaped slaves to the South; the forced complicity inflamed Northern opposition to slavery. The novel was the second best-selling book behind the Bible and changed Northern citizens’ perspectives on slavery and the anti-slavery movement Ralph Ellison was a writer of the late 1930s, a product of the Great Depression and in the midst of the fear of communism. Communism was seen, and is still seen, as anti-American and against American beliefs due to the belief that communism would cause people to lose their self reliance, initiative, and ruggedness.. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ralph Ellison use oppressed and minority characters in order to expose the illusions of society and provoke societal change.
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