Staging Slavery 2: UTC as Tom Show

All the materials linked below are again from my UNCLE TOM'S CABIN & AMERICAN CULTURE archive. They're mostly visual -- ads, posters, playbills and postcards for the dramatizations of Stowe's novel that toured the country from the 1870s into the early 20th Century. The last item is a recording from 1911. And the first is a chapter from one of the many children's book versions of Uncle Tom's Cabin that appeared in numerous forms and reprintings beginning around 1890: it's the last chapter from The Young Folks' UTC, written by Grace Duffie Boylan, and probably first published right around 1900. In Boylan's adaptation, George Shelby gets to Legree's plantation in time to save Tom from dying, and in this last, interpolated chapter she seeks to bring Stowe's story closer to the present, by describing what happens to many of the characters after the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. Read that first, then use the rest of the links to go, as millions of Americans did in the post-bellum era, to a Tom Show.

  • A NEW CHAPTER IN STOWE'S STORY


  • PLAYBILLS
        scroll down to After Emancipation and study at least 10 of these playbills


  • FLYERS
        read through the Generic 16-page and Moyer Brothers flyers


  • POSTERS
        study at least a dozen of these brightly-colored lithograph posters


  • ADVERTISING CARDS
        study at least a dozen of these cards, which were often handed out to children leaving school


  • NEWSPAPER ADS
        there are about 50 ads accessible on this page; look at a minimum of 12, from various decades


  • UTC--A DREAM PICTURE
        a 4-minute instumental originally recorded in 1911



  • BACK TO CLASS HOMEPAGE