Not Really Topsy

Topsy. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, between 1894 and 1914.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was issued in multiple abbreviated editions for children. This shaped-book capitalizes on the public’s knowledge of the Stowe character Topsy, who graces the cover, but the contents have no relation to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Instead the pages are full of rhymes and images of African American children that are intended to be amusing, but by modern standards, are full of negative racial stereotypes.

Adopted by Gloria D. Hall

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