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The Book That Started a War Uncle Toms Cabin Uncle Toms Cabin written by Harriet Beecher Stowe is a realistic although fictional view of slavery It focuses on the lives of two slaves who both start under the ownership of a Mr Shelby who is known as a man who treats his slaves well Mr Shelby however owed money to a man named Haley who is described as an evil slave-trader In return for the debt owed to him Haley wants two slaves one being the son of a beautiful mulatto woman named Eliza and the other the devout Christian Tom who is Shelbys best slave Eliza loves her son and rather than lose him to the slave-trader she takes him and heads to Canada where they can be free Haley follows her but cant catch her so he goes back to the farm and brings Tom on a steamboat to the South Tom meets and makes a great impression on a little girl by saving her from drowning Little Eva St Clare then persuades her father Augustine St Clare to purchase Tom Augustine is a man against slavery choosing to let his slaves run freely and do whatever they want Tom is bought as a man who works at the stable and is the private driver of Marie St Clare Marie was a conceited woman who is too busy worrying about herself to take proper care of Eva which results in Augustine bringing his cousin Ophelia to take care of her and was the reason for his and Evas traveling on the steamboat where Tom meets them Meanwhile Eliza is taken to a Quaker settlement on the border of the slave states where she meets up with George her husband who is a highly intelligent slave They escape and get on a ferry to Canada Tom on the other hand is enjoying himself at St Clares where he is having an
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