Have you ever wondered how difficult it would be to serve God if you were a slave? What special temptations would you have? How would you worship God if your owner didn't permit you to meet together? Harriet Beecher Stowe portrays the life of several slaves; some with "good" masters and some with cruel and vicious masters. She lived before the Civil War that eventually led to the end of slavery in this country. She describes the different attitudes toward slavery, both in the North and South. She mentions the different justifications for slavery given by supposedly "religious" leaders. She shows good and evil people in all different shades of color from both the North and the South. Many people believe that Uncle Tom was a weak character who did whatever the white man told him to do. That is an entirely erroneous view. Uncle Tom always tried to do what God wanted him to do. Therefore, he always tried to be honest and trustworthy. However, when faced with evil and cruelty, Tom did not obey any commands from his owner that violated his conscience and what he believed God wanted him to do. For these convictions, he died. This is a powerful book and anyone interested in the history of our country should read it.