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Martha Schoolman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680740

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680740.001.0001

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin’s Anti-expansionism

Uncle Tom’s Cabin’s Anti-expansionism

(p.125) Chapter 4 Uncle Tom’s Cabin’s Anti-expansionism
Abolitionist Geographies

Martha Schoolman

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents a reading of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin that opposed the ideology of Manifest Destiny, the belief that it was the destiny of the U.S. to expand its territory over the whole of North America and to extend and enhance its political, social, and economic influence. The novel is an anti-expansionist geography that reflects the public career of James Gillespie Birney, a onetime slaveholder, who became an abolitionist and ran for president as an antislavery politician who believed that the Louisiana Purchase had been unconstitutional.

Keywords:   Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Manifest Destiny, anti-expansionist, James Gillespie Birney, abolitionist

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