mid 1800s until 1900

from the CiVil War until the turn of the century

"Realism is nothing more and nothing less than the truthful treatment of material."
           --William Dean Howells

Elements of realism:

1.  Subject matter deals with reality.
2. There is an emphasis on the
character rather than the plot.
3.  Deals with making ethical choices.
4.  Events are plausible    (Believable).
5.  Diction is regional.
6.  Tone is comic, satiric, or
7.  Writing is objective without


Writers of this period wanted to give the full value and true meaning of their topics.



Stowe was a writer of children's textbooks, advice books on homemaking and child-rearing, biographies, religious studies and novels. She wrote in an informal, conversational style.  She often wrote on controversial topics such as religious reform, gender roles and slavery.

Stowe's writing allowed her to express her thoughts and beliefs at a time when women could not speak openly.  She wanted to make a positive difference in the world and she did when she wrote the novel UNCLE TOM'S CABIN.


UNCLE TOM'S CABIN was first published in 1851 in the anti-slavery magazine THE NATIONAL ERA.  Stowe wrote the novel in 40 installments that were published as a novel in 1852.  This anti-slavery novel was bases on case studies of slaves as well as first-hand observations by Stowe.  It was an immediate best seller not only in the United States but also in Britian, Europe, and Asia.  This novel demanded that the United States deliver on the promise of freedom and equality for all.  This novel changed forever how America viewed slavery. 

UNCLE TOM'S CABIN changed the world and contributed to the Civil War!