Mightier Than The Sword Analysis

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The monograph, Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America discusses the life and book work of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, slavery around the time of the Civil War, and religious viewpoints towards the Civil War. The author of this monograph, David S. Reynolds, is a notable professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the University of New York. Mightier than the Sword discusses how Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, “was widely seen as a new Bible, with its ideal expression of religion for the era” (Reynolds, 2011, p. 16) and how it molded the public’s viewpoints.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was “part of a prominent religious family that did more to undermine Calvinist
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Reynolds utilizes many primary and secondary to support his argument in Mightier than the Sword. Reynolds utilizes personals letters, others books, and of course, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and other books than Stowe wrote to support his argument, which were appropriate for the monograph. Races and Peoples: Lectures on the Science of Ethnography by Daniel G. Brinton and The Negro a Beast by Charles Carroll both disagree with Reynold’s argument and believe that “blacks were animals with uncontrollable passions and little intellect” (Reynolds, 2011, p. 233). They believed that black people were inferior to the white population; they believed that black people were not intelligent enough to manage themselves and had to depend on the white populace to survive. Brinton and Carroll were both influenced by Thomas Dixon, the author of The Leopard’s Spot, who wrote, “The picture of that brute with a whip in his hand beating a Negro caused the most terrible war in the history of the world...A million men and six billions of dollars’ worth of property were destroyed” (Reynolds, 2011, p. 234). This demonstrates that Dixon, Brinton, and Carroll believe that black people’s mistreatment caused the vilest war in

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