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Harriet Beecher Stowe

A Trans-American Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Stowe Among Cubans

[Editorial note: the following is a guest essay by Kahlil Chaar-Pérez]   A Trans-American Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Stowe Among Cubans by Kahlil Chaar-Pérez Through numerous translations, adaptations, and performances, sentimental communities across the world in the mid-nineteenth-century embraced Harriet Beecher Stowe’s appeal to “feel right” in defying slavery as “a system which confounds and confuses every principle of Christianity and morality.”[1] During the 1850s, chattel slavery was still rampant in the U.S., Brazil, and the Spanish colonies of Cuba and Puerto Rico.  Moved by the novel’s affecting depiction of the horrors of enslavement, a transatlantic public coalesced around the universalist values Read more