Re: Uncle Tom's Cabin - Ch. 7 through 12
In this group of chapters we witness the running away of Eliza and Harry, together with the tactics Sam uses to delay Haley's pursuit of the pair; Eliza's narrow escape into Ohio; her deliverance to a "safe house" by the pro-Fugitive Slave Law senator; the departure of Tom for the southern plantations; the reappearance of Eliza's husband, George, incognito; and Haley's astute business deal that ends in the suicide by drowning of a young enslaved mother.
In Chap. 7 we learn what we could have inferred, that Eliza is nearly Caucasian in appearance. Is this primarily a plot device meant to make her absconding without interference more plausible? Is it a realistic touch by the author, in keeping with the choice a rich wife would make regarding her personal servant? Or is Stowe revealing some of her belief about Negro nature by casting a quadroon, in contrast to a full Negro, as a well-spoken and quite refined young woman? It is probably accidental that Eliza also embodies the utter depravity of the whole justification for slavery: that Negro blood makes Negroes suited for slavery (indeed, without it they would be helpless). Yet having mostly white blood doesn't make them ready for freedom.
On the last question above, a good resource is "Uncle Tom and the Anglo-Saxons: Romantic Racialism in the North," by George M. Frederickson, available from Google Books https://books.google.com/books?id=MB8Zm ... th&f=false
Frederickson cites UTC as the most prominent example of the racial classifying that appealed to northern anti-slavery intellectuals. Has anyone picked up on Stowe's view of the Negro's inherent qualities and how they contrast with those of the dominant Anglo-Saxons?
What would be some observations about the varieties of tone Stowe employs in assaulting her target subject? We can see her opinions even through the titles she gives the chapters in this section.
It might be interesting to keep a count of all the permutations in the characters' posture toward slavery. Stowe seems determined to sketch just about any possible variation. On the slave side there is less variety, but surely a great difference between Tom and George (a difference that is possibly explained, in Stowe's view, by George's near-whiteness).