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Stowes Deconstruction of the Theory of White Supremacy

Stowes Deconstruction of the Theory of White Supremacy In the novel, Uncle Toms Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe unmasks the unjust and unfair treatment of blacks by whites during the time in which she lived. Stowe goes on to criticize American slave owners for their irrational justifications of slavery. They use racial superiority and sub-human categorization of blacks as means of justifying slavery. She deconstructs the theory of white supremacy in her emotional and thought provoking novel. Stowe demonstrates in her depiction of the beating of the slaves how they are inhumanely treated as animals. She also uses many slave and master relationships in order to demonstrate societys belief of racial superiority. Under the institution of slavery, not all men are created equal. There is the dominant force, the master, and there is the submissive one, the slave. Most slave owners believed that the submissive and dominant characteristic were innate according to race. Stowe refutes this belief by portraying a slave, George Harris, which is smarter than his master is. This illustration undermines the concept of racial superiority in the fact that whites believed that they were innately superior to blacks. Stowe states that George is in the eye of the law not a man, but a thing, all of these superior qualifications were subject to the control of a vulgar narrow-minded, tyrannical master(11). George invented a machine at work that his boss thought was a way to get out of work and a labor-saving machine(12). George is taken out of the factory and put to work. Later, he asks the unspoken question of the who made him my master?(15). Stowe uses a black man to criticize the entire concept of slavery. She speaks through Georges character in order to pose the question to society. By using him, Stowe is able to startle her readers early on in the novel to the dreadful relationship between master and slave. A relationship in which a slave i...

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