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Banned Books Week

We wrap up Banned Books Week with two free ebook offerings: Uncle Tom's Cabin and Black Beauty. At first I thought these two books had nothing to do with one another, but after further research I see a common themes of cruelty, compassion, and propaganda through storytelling.

uncletomscabin_tn.jpgUncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was written prior to the American Civil War and sometimes considered to have helped fuel the abolitionist cause. Erica Bauermeister from 500 Great Books by Women writes, "In a time when many whites claimed slavery had 'good effects' on blacks, Uncle Tom's Cabin paints pictures of three plantations, each worse than the other, where even the best plantation leaves a slave at the mercy of fate or debt."

blackbeauty_tn.jpgBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell was first published in 1877. It was her only novel, composed in the last years of her life. The story is told from the point of view of a highbred horse named Black Beauty. The tale offers an animal's perspective of the world and highlights the thoughtless, even cruel treatment animals endure at the hands of their owners.


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