Writings by Stowe, Jacobs and Speeches by Lincoln
The writings by Stowe, Jacobs and the speeches by Lincoln greatly contribute to the understanding of America’s social environment especially during the dark slavery era. The writings by Stowe and Jacobs highlight the oppression and horrors that slaves underwent. In particular, the writings by Harriet Jacobs present readers with a first-hand experience of the exploitation and abuse that woman slaves underwent in the hand of their white owners. Lincoln speeches give readers a sense of the divisions that permeated the entire continent over freedom of Native Americans and slaves, and an understanding of the social iniquities that persisted in a society ironically founded on principles of freedom and equality (Brown, 1990).
In her most widely-read book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, Stowe exposes to the readers the injustices and horrors that Native Americans and slaves underwent. The novel shows readers how slavery resulted in destruction of family life, and ways in which it was antichristian. For instance in the novel, she says: “This is God’s curse on slavery! … a bitter, bitter, most accursed thing! …”.