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Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swampby Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Retail Price: $21.95
Issue: Fall 2006
When famed abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe first introduced the horrors of slavery to the American public, she did so through from the perspective of Uncle Tom, a compliant African-American slave. Her second anti-slavery book, Dred, was largely written in an effort to combat critics who condemned Stowe's characterization of Tomłand by association, all slavesłas a passive servant to his white master. Dred thus centers on contemporary attitudes about race, the institution of slavery, and an armed slave rebellion.