• Rhode Island Woman Photographer Creates CDV Of Uncle Tom's Cabin Characters Tom And Little Eva

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    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. The novel had a profound impact on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery and is said to have helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. When President Lincoln met Stowe, he said, “So this is the little lady who started this great war.” The book features the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave. The novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings. 

     

    Offering a wonderful carte de visite (2 3/8 x 3 5/8) of Uncle Tom and Little Eva, no doubt made to capitalize on the popularity of the book.  Also, quite interesting, this CDV was made by woman photographer Mrs. J.W. Rathbun in Foster, RI, a very rural town at the time. She photographed a lithograph and then hand colored it before selectively applying a tempura wash, giving it a slightly glossy surface.

     

    Lower right corner has been slightly clipped, not affecting the image, which, overall, is in excellent condition and represents a significant example of abolitionist, slavery and Civil War history.

     

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