Uncle Tom's Cabin

What is the purpose of this episode? To whom is it designed to speak? (Get out your Kleenex)

Chapters 8-9 present Eliza's encounter with the Birds.

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Astounded by her courage, Senator Bird compromises his belief in the law and hides Eliza and Harry at the home of Mr. Van Trompe. The Birds give Eliza and Harry some clothes, and ten dollars. Van Trompe is ready to defend Eliza and her child with the help of his seven burly sons.

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