Illustration from Uncle Tom's Cabin

Creator: George Cruikshank

Context: This illustration is from the 1854 edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's best-selling novel.

Audience: A very large percentage of the reading public in the North.

Purpose: To convince readers of the immorality of slavery. Illustrations were also added to novels to help them reach a wider audience.

Historical Significance: Illustrations such as this one helped to dramatize the emotional appeal of Stowe's novel.