How Did Harriet Beecher Stowe An Effective Argument Against Slavery

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Due to the combination of history and the fact that laws could not remain neutral the controversial debate between the North and the South over slavery began to worsen. The Fugitive Slave Law Act of 1850 angered Northerners so much it ended up influencing them to voice their outrage. Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was a white abolitionist woman who changed the outlook for African Americans by protesting for slavery through this novel. By being a white woman Harriet Beecher Stowe surprised the world, as it was uncommon for women to speak out politically, especially over racial matters. Through Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe was able to show her readers slavery through a white individuals perspective and the wrong doings against …show more content…
Stowe was an active abolitionist who felt outrage over slavery and had the last straw with passing of the Fugitive Slave Law Act of 1850. This law required free states to return runaway slaves to their masters and that if runaway slaves were not returned, officials would be charged $1,000 fine and anyone caught aiding a runaway slave would receive 6 months in prison in addition to this fine. By writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe called out the unfairness of this law for the northerner’s sake as they were being told to go against their moral code and as well as African American’s sake as they were being deprived of their only chance towards freedom. Stowe’s main objective behind writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin was to expose the evil and immortality of slavery. She provided knowledge to northerners by gradually moving the story line from the North to the Deep South giving away details that northerners were unaware of as well as showing how easy it was to take a slave away from a decent …show more content…
If she did not do this she would have not been able to grab as much attention that she wished for. The female roles such as Mrs. Shelby and Mrs. Bird were intended to be the voice of morality through religious views as they convinced their husbands to give a helping hand to slaves rather than turning their back to them. Stowe voiced her own opinions through Eva because she knew the reader would see her as a child and think of her innocence and respect her decision more. Tom was the main character and was created to support all of Stowe’s arguments. “Tom looked up. It was not in nature to look into that gay, young, handsome face, without a feelings of pleasure; and Tom felt the tears start in his eyes as he said, heartily, “God bless you, Mas’r!”” (Uncle Tom’s Cabin 99). After all of what Tom has been through this quote only proves Stowe’s argument that slaves were good loyal people to white and should not deserve to be treated this way. Without all of these characters the novel could not deliver the full message that Stowe was searching for; she needed every aspect during slavery to come out in the novel to attract all kinds of readers opening to open up their

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