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The Resource Mightier than the sword : Uncle Tom's Cabin and the battle for America, David S. Reynolds

Mightier than the sword : Uncle Tom's Cabin and the battle for America, David S. Reynolds

Label
Mightier than the sword : Uncle Tom's Cabin and the battle for America
Title
Mightier than the sword
Title remainder
Uncle Tom's Cabin and the battle for America
Statement of responsibility
David S. Reynolds
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Uncle Tom's Cabin is perhaps the most influential and iconic novel ever written by an American. In this cultural history, the author not only charts the factors that conspired to make Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel an instant bestseller but also traces the novel's political, cultural, and social legacy up to the present day. As the author reveals, the American imagination was primed for Stowe's novel. A member of a prominent, reform-minded New England family, Stowe drew from all realms of culture, high and low, from religion, thrillers, and slave narratives to create a uniquely American text, one that would advocate on behalf of the oppressed and pave the way for a more egalitarian democracy. By illustrating the evils of slavery with a moving, character-driven story (which Stowe claimed was inspired by her own divine visions) Uncle Tom's Cabin accelerated the rise of abolitionism in the North. In the South, it met with contrasting reactions: it appealed to some with its portrayal of kind southerners and evil northerner, Simon Legree, while others could not condemn it enough. Could a single book have fueled the war? The author investigates whether this one woman could have led the country to break apart. In the wake of the war, Uncle Tom's Cabin influenced emancipation causes worldwide, during that century and the next. And, despite the legalized segregation of the Jim Crow era, it remained popular, being spun off into traveling shows, silent films, advertising campaigns, cartoons, and merchandise ranging from figurines, to card games. The Southern backlash to it also spawned works as The Clansman; its film version, The Birth of a Nation; and even Gone with the Wind. In a tribute to the two hundredth anniversary of Harriet Beecher Stowe's birth, the author reveals the impact of Stowe's book not only on the abolitionist movement and the American Civil War but also on worldwide events, including the end of serfdom in Russia, down to its influence in the twentieth century. He explores how both Stowe's background as the daughter in a famously intellectual family of preachers and her religious visions were fundamental to the novel. And he demonstrates why the book was beloved by millions, and won over even some southerners, while fueling lasting conflicts over the meaning of America
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
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Reynolds, David S.
Dewey number
813.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PS2954.U6 R39 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Didactic fiction, American
  • Slavery in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Characters and characteristics
  • Didactic fiction, American
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Slavery in literature
Label
Mightier than the sword : Uncle Tom's Cabin and the battle for America, David S. Reynolds
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published in hardcover: 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The gospel according to Stowe -- Taming cultural beasts -- Antislavery passion -- Igniting the war -- Tom everywhere -- Tom in modern times
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Norton pbk ed.
Extent
xiv, 351 pages
Isbn
9780393342352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)781497577
  • (OCoLC)ocn781497577
Label
Mightier than the sword : Uncle Tom's Cabin and the battle for America, David S. Reynolds
Publication
Note
Originally published in hardcover: 2011
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The gospel according to Stowe -- Taming cultural beasts -- Antislavery passion -- Igniting the war -- Tom everywhere -- Tom in modern times
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Norton pbk ed.
Extent
xiv, 351 pages
Isbn
9780393342352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)781497577
  • (OCoLC)ocn781497577

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