This book is a classic example of the so-called abolitionist literature, that is, directed against the slave system. The plot is based on the tragic fate of kind Uncle Tom and other black slaves, whose life is full of pain and suffering.
Beecher Stowe claimed the book was based on true events and, of course, his work sparked outrage from southern planters. The novel was banned in the South. Not only that, but other “anti-Daddytom” books justifying slavery, with titles like “Aunt Phyllis’ Cabin” or “Real Southern Life”, began to be written against him. In them, dark-skinned slaves were depicted as big children who simply needed the care of their white masters.
In Russia, the book, by the way, did not like either: Nicholas I did not appreciate the ideas of universal equality and attacks on the aristocratic system and banned the novel. The Pope did not like it either, because of the criticism of the church contained therein, which justified slavery.
Interestingly, after the abolition of the slave system, Uncle Tom’s Cabin fell out of favor again: they began to criticize it for the stereotypical image of servants, helpful, kind and submissive, who did not want to fight for rights – to leave good owners.
Позже роман пытались запретить за использование «расисткой лексики», а именно — слова «ниггер». Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind received the same accusation. But Beecher Stowe wanted the best!