The Master's House
The title page of this novel names "Logan" as its author, and adds under
that name that "I ALWAYS WAS THE FRIEND OF THE WHITE MAN."
The historical Logan was a Wyandot chief. Here it's the pseudonym of Thomas
Bangs Thorpe, best known as the author of "The Big Bear of Arkansas" and one of the best of the writers identified by literary history as
the Southwest Humorists. Born in Massachusetts, and brought up in New York,
Thorpe moved to Louisiana in 1836. The Master's House has been described
as "a reform novel on the evils of slavery"*, which would align it with Stowe's novel rather than
against it. It was certainly written in reply to Stowe, but you can decide for yourself how
to read its ambivalent treatment of
the white man and the black, the masters and slaves.