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Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Harriet Beecher Stowe's second antislavery novel was written partly in response to the criticisms of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by both white Southerners and black abolitionists. In Dred (1856), Stowe attempts to explore the issue of slavery from an African American perspective.

Through the compelling stories of Nina Gordon, the mistress of a slave plantation, and Dred, a
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Paperback, 656 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by University of North Carolina Press (first published November 30th 1855)
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Amy
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much better than Uncle Tom's Cabin, but so few people know about it. Beautiful writing, great history, touching look at humanity...it delivers. Here's a quote to whet your appetites:
"As air and heat and water all have a benevolent tendency to enter and fill up a vacuum, so we might fancy the failing vitality of the human system to receive accessions of vigor by being placed in the vicinity of the healthful growths of nature. All the trees which John saw around the river of life
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Julia
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The beast is slain. Now let's write a BA thesis about it.
Meg Merriet
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I cried through this whole book. It was an emotional rollercoaster. Almost everybody dies. The storytelling was expertly crafted. Very spiritual mode of conveying a plea for abolition. I never cried so much through 200,000 words in my life. ;_;
John Keagle
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tough to get into, but well worth the effort
Josh Miller
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is in my top 10 of the best books I've ever read. It's hard to believe that a book that was written in the 1880s can be so relevant to how people think and how politics work today. I am glad I read this book and would recommend it to everyone
Bobbie
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I would rate this book right up there with Harriet Beecher Stowe's--Uncle Tom's Cabin. If you liked that book, you'll surely love this one too!
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Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the more intriguing and scarier version of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential, even in Britain. It made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North. It angered and embittered the South. ...more

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