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By Harry Justin Elam; David Krasner

ISBN-10: 0195127242

ISBN-13: 9780195127249

ISBN-10: 0195127250

ISBN-13: 9780195127256

An anthology of severe writings that explores the intersections of race, theater, and function in America.

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The Shelbys had contrived to have young George away at another plantation. Tom asks as he leaves that Mrs. Shelby give his regards to George, and then the emotional boy runs his horse up to the parting scene. ”48 Tom returns his affection and exclaims: “O! Mas’r George! This does me good! . ”49 The intimacy of this relationship 36 Social Protest and the Politics of Representation foreshadows the close affection that grows between Tom and Little Eva. Tom cares for his young charges like a mother and suggests the idealized qualities of the audience, which Stowe desired to address.

As Harry Birdoff comments in his 1947 history, The World’s Greatest Hit: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”: “Little Evas grew to Topsies, Maries, Elizas and then Aunt Chloes. ”8 In the stage vocabulary, black characters appeared almost genderless with a movable sexuality. In the representation of black women, the stereotype elided not only any sense of history but even erased the presence of the black female body from the stage. 10 Topsy is simultaneously the opposite of the more virtuous black figures of Stowe’s novel and the foil to the purity of Little Eva.

When he refuses to take her advice and run away, she chastises him that his sale is not the will of heaven: “It is the laws of devils. Your mass’r would not have sold you, Eliza told me so, but must sell you, or sell all. ”31 At the conclusion of the play, Lemon and TaylorpositionthefiguresofEliza,Topsy,Cassy,andGeorge 30 Social Protest and the Politics of Representation together as they all attempt an escape from Legree’s plantation. In a final act of defiance, Cassy shoots and kills Legree, ensuring the safety of the party.

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