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Uncle Tom—The Hero as Martyr

Lecture no. 14 from the course: Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

Uncle Tom—The Hero as Martyr

Taught by Professor Thomas A. Shippey | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

The name “Uncle Tom” has complex associations today, but Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel had a truly powerful impact when it was published in 1852. Explore the historical circumstances of slavery that inspired Stowe’s novel, and then consider the fortitude that makes this meek, long-suffering character a hero.


June 26, 2017