Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin

Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Joy Jordan-Lake examines the ways in which antebellum women novelists tried to counter Harriet Beecher StoweAss enormously popular Uncle Tom's Cabin by preaching a Antheology of whitenessAr from within the pages of the books - but were ultimately undermined by their own proslavery agendas. Including a discussion of twentieth- and twenty-first-century novels that revisit plantation mythology, Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin casts new light on the ethical and moral disaster of securing one groupAss economic strength at the expense of other groupsAs access to dignity, compassion, and justice.As one white planter-class woman observed: aquot; a#39;It occurs to me that if virtue be the test to distinguish man from beast the claim ... White material gain and black maternal grief, given equal weight by the text, merge as two parts of the overarchinganbsp;...

Title:Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin
Author:Joy Jordan-Lake
Publisher:Vanderbilt University Press - 2005


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