Anti-slavery jug, Uncle Tom's Cabin

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1. Runaway slave Eliza escapes with her baby across the ice
2. A slave auction   C.Leicester Museums & Galleries

1. Runaway slave Eliza escapes with her baby across the ice 2. A slave auction C.Leicester Museums & Galleries

Uncle Tom's Cabin sold more copies worldwide in the 19th century than any other book except the BibleThis stoneware jug has a Britannia metal lid and was probably used for beer. It was made by the Staffordshire factory of Ridgway and Abington around 1858.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852 and became an instant best seller. The American writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe, set out to raise awareness and sympathy for the plight of slaves in the southern USA, especially the way families could be broken up and sold. The young mother, Eliza, runs away to save her child but Uncle Tom sees it as his Christian duty to obey his master. His faith and goodness are an inspiration to many but he is eventually murdered by the vicious slave-owner Simon Legree. The book aroused a storm of protest and encouraged popular support for the abolition of slavery. During the American Civil War (1861-65) the slavery issue helped to keep Britain from supporting the South, with women and 'wage slaves' showing great solidarity.

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  • 1. At 12:50 on 18 October 2010, Cumpstonresearch wrote:

    A jug identical to this but without a lid was brought into the Tennants Auction Centre in October 2010 having been found in a car boot sale. The Upper Dales Family History exhibition was being hosted there and we had the jug on display for 2 weeks.

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1858 or later

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H:
22cm
W:
18.5cm
D:
14cm
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