|RUNAWAY—$100 REWARD. My slave Tom—familiarly known as Uncle Tom—escaped from my plantation, as near as I can ascertain, night before the last . . .
In Chapter 2 of this long, talky novel Smith introduces readers to his "Uncle Tom." After an
incident with another slave raises "the devil" in Tom, he is tempted to run away by a northern schoolteacher who is depicted as envious of the happiness he sees on Mr. Erskine's Virginia plantation. Tom suffers miserably in the north (including in Buffalo, where the novel was published and Smith himself may have lived), and inadvertantly winds up in Canada -- until he is rescued from his freedom and happily carried "back to old Virginia" and his slave cabin.
Life at the South; or, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" As It Is:
Wright American Fiction Project, Indiana University Library.
The Barrett Collection