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Learning Exercise

Material: Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture
Submitted by: William Paquette on Aug 30, 2007
Date Last Modified: Aug 30, 2007
Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Description: Uncle Tom's Cabin created a great controversy at the time of its publication arousing passions above and below the fabled Mason-Dixon Line. even after the end of the Civil War the book and the name lived on.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 5-6 hours
Topics: United States History The Antebellum South The Civil War American Literature
Course: United States History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To acquaint students with the controversy associated with the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin by reviewing contemporary reactions to the book's publication.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: CLICK "go to material." CLICK Browse Mode. CLICK Responses 1852-1930. Select ONE of the following to write a 5-7 page paper: Afrian American Respones, American Reviews, OR Pro-Slavery Responses. If you select "African-American Responses," CLICK this link. Write a 5-7 page paper answering the following questions: 1) Was there a real Uncle Tom?, 2) How did the imagery of Uncle Tom affect the African-American population before the Civil WAr, after the Civil War, and in the early 20th century.? If you select "American Reviews," CLICK American Reviews. Write a 5-7 page paper based on reading FIVE contemporary reviews of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" evaluating the national response to the book. If you select "Pro-Slavery Responses," CLICK that icon and write a 5-7 papge paper answering the following questions: 1) How did the South react to the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin before the Civil War? After the Civil War?, and in the 20th century? Do you agree with these responses? Explain why or why not.
Assessment: 5-7 page paper.
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