I IntroductionDuring the pre-civil war era, slavery had its ups and downs. Before the cotton gin, slavery was beginning to wind down and the many viewed it to actually lower the US economy. That was the view until the cotton gin was invented. Eli Whitney’s invention reinvigorated slavery and cotton became king. The chief and immediate cause of the war was slavery. Southern states, including the 11 states that formed the Confederacy, depended on slavery to support their economy.
Southerners used slave labor to produce crops, especially cotton. Only a small percentage actually had slaves and few actually treated them like family. The others treated the slaves like dirt and worked them to death.
Although slavery was illegal in the Northern states, only a small proportion of Northerners actively opposed it. Many felt that slavery was wrong but had a air of superiority about blacks, free and enslaved. The main debate between the North and the South on the eve of the war was whether slavery should be permitted in the Western territories recently acquired during the Mexican War (1846-1848), including New Mexico, part of California, and Utah. Opponents of slavery were concerned about its expansion, in part because they did not want to compete against slave labor. By 1860, the North and the South had developed into two very different regions. Divergent social, economic, and political points of view, dating from colonial times, gradually drove the two sections farther and farther apart.
Each tried to impose its point of view on the country as a whole. Although compromises had kept the Union together for many years, in 1860 the situation was explosive. The election of Abraham Lincoln as president was viewed by the South as a threat to slavery and ignited the war. The slaves had no say on the subject, but some were fine with slavery and others despised it, depending on the master the slave had. These views and attributes stated above were represented by different characters in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. II Body Uncle Tom could be viewed as a saint and a voice of reason in the book.
Uncle Tom is almost never seen without his Bible, and he used it wherever he went. Although many treated him as an inferior man, Tom seemed to be able to touch the soul of nearly any man. Uncle Tom, the main character, possesses a trait that sanctifies him from the rest of the characters.Uncle Tom's faith is his source of strength throughout the novel. This is portrayed socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Uncle Tom relies solely on his faith in God to assist him in all the trials, tribulations, and hardships that he endures.Tom never succumbs to the sin that those around him are so deeply engulfed.Tom's dedication to the Christian faith obviously sets him apart from the other characters in the story.However, without his unbinding belief in God, Uncle Tom would cease to be such a Christ-like figure.
One must understand that Uncle Tom is constantly paralleled to Christ during the course of events in the novel.Tom is the social leader of the slaves on the Shelby plantation. Uncle Tom's cabin is the focal point of fellowship for the slaves.This is because everybody perceives Tom as a mentor, and also because Aunt Chloe, his wife, is a fantastic cook.His charismatic personality allows him to lead and organize their religious meetings which.