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May 1, 2000

Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture
http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/utc/
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

CONTENT:
This site explores Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and its cultural significance.

AESTHETICS:
Black-and-white photographs and a simple design accentuate this site.

ORGANIZATION:
This site can be navigated in three different modes : Browse, Search, and Interpret. Users may also switch to another mode or the handy site map from any page.

REVIEW:
Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture is a gold mine of primary documents dealing with the era from 1830 to 1930. Included are pretexts, Stowe's Uncle Toms and responses to the book, movie clips, and 3-D images. Students and teachers can use this site to explore the story through the full e-text and playable songs from the novel as well as study a comparison of the manuscript, novel, and newspaper serial versions of the story. In the Interpret Mode, users will find an interactive timeline and an interpretive exhibit of Uncle Tom's Cabin and Slavery. A lesson plan section is in the making.

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