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    Uncle Tom's cabin

    I read this book as a teenager and it had a very powerful influence on my life. As I read of the depravity of the slave world I became enraged by man's ability to behave in such a way to each other. I was a true believer in God and in his love for all of mankind. This book has been maligned as a book for white people to make them feel better about slavery. If this is your concept of this book, you missed the author's true intent to reach the audience of her era. She strove to show the extreme plight of black people and to show people in the north that though they pretended to be all for abolishing slavery, they were just as bigoted towards black people as the southerners were. In her era she was unable to be as graphic as later authors and still have her book read by the 'culture d upper class. Those were the ones she wanted to reach, they were the ones WHO ruled the land by their money and we all know money talks. Men can often be swayed by the knowledge of a good woman WHO has read a book and measured her life and found it wanting. If this book had such a significant impact on me, do you not believe it may have swayed a few hearts back then. After reading this book I made a vow to myself that I would spend the rest of my life treating each person I met with the dignity and love that God asks of each of us. That I would also dedicate my life to this ideal and strive to pass this onto my children. I wanted my children to never treat any one race or faith with ignorance.

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    Good but exceedingly long

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    Warnings from the 19th century

    An interesting and moving account of the effects of legal slavery in 19th century America. Unfortunately the author would appear to be promoting another form of bigotry whilst fervently opposing another. There is no doubt that the conditions, both legal and personal, under which slaves lived at that time were abominable, there is for me a disturbing assumption that to bring Christianity to others is to bring them to a higher form of ethics. Therein is another form of bigotry and an indication of the author's belief in the superiority of the Anglo Saxon and its religion.

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    Amazing book!

    One of the best books I've ever read. It is sad that so many people forgot about slavery and the consequences of it are still very much alive. A book that must be read by everyone not only in America but all over the world.

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    Uncle Tom' Cabin

    When I was in high school Silas Marner was required reading. Uncle Tom's Cabin would have been a much better read. This book and other's such as Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, Up from Slavery by Fredric Douglas, Roots by Alex Haley, and The Soul of Black Folk by W. E. B. Dubois should be required reading in literature class not only for African-Americans but for all of Americans. We as a people need to face and know the truth and that truth will surely free the home of the FREE.

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