Jim Macdonald has his own take on an American classic….
Was Uncle Tom’s Cabinwritten by a feminine hand?
No, it was written by Harriet Beecher’s toe.
For years, pretty much all I knew about Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the novel, was that it existed. Important in the social history of the United States, sure. Important in American literature, sure. But the plot? Nope. All I knew of the plot was what I’d gleaned from watching The King and I. So, recently, I decided to correct that lack.
Over the course of a couple of trips to Boston and to Burlington I listened to an audio recording of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
The first surprising thing (to me, anyway) was that the scene of Eliza crossing the Ohio on the ice floes wasn’t the climax of the book. It was an incident in Chapter Seven (out of forty-five chapters).
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