Uncle Tom 's Cabin, By Harriet Beecher Stowe Essay

829 Words Jul 16th, 2016 4 Pages
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 the African American community while proposing a solution that through Christianity all Americans and the United States government could come together to overcome the wrong doings of slavery.
In order to truly understand why Uncle Tom’s Cabin had such an effective argument against slavery I think that it is important to understand who Harriet Beecher Stowe was as well as her mission. 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…

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