CliffsNotes on Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

CliffsNotes on Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

CliffsNotes on Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

CliffsNotes on Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Arthur Shelby, a Kentucky farmer and slaveowner, is forced by debt to sell two slaves — Uncle Tom and Harry, the young son of his wife’s servant Eliza — to a trader named Haley. Eliza hears the discussion, warns Tom and his wife, and runs away with her child, followed by Haley, who is prevented from catching her when she crosses the Ohio River and is aided by helpful citizens. Haley meets two slave-catchers who agree to pursue Eliza and Harry. Meanwhile Tom refuses to run away and is taken by Haley toward New Orleans. Before leaving Kentucky, however, Haley buys several more slaves, and one of them (a young mother whose infant Haley sells without her knowledge) commits suicide.

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