The Nuclear Family in Uncle Tom’s Cabin

An analysis of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s argument for abolition of slavery in `Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

This paper discusses Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin` and how it draws upon her philosophy of the home, and women’s place in it. The paper explains that by promoting the nuclear family and the woman’s role as wife, mother and caretaker, Stowe tried to equip Black people against the forces of slavery. The paper concludes that it was an effective way to denounce and fight slavery.
`It is very interesting that, in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, there is a certain paradigm which is perpetuated by the author. Harriet Beecher Stowe appears to be very much in support of the woman’s role being that of wife, mother and caretaker. By promoting the nuclear family, Stowe tried to equip Black people against the forces of slavery. In this context, Stowe tried to fight the battle of abolition.
`Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin does a very profound job of showing how slavery affects mothers and families in different ways. More than anything else, the system of slavery inflicted the tragedy of forcible separation on family members, especially mothers from children. What is interesting, however, is that Stowe’s manifesto against slavery was based upon her philosophy that women’s place was in the home as wives and caretakers. This was her main strength in the work. This was her main theme to denounce slavery.”