Uncle Tom's Cabin

Why does Stowe use this? What does it reveal about hayley? How does it serve as an indictment of the economy of slavery?

When Hayley and Uncle Tom are traveling we are shown an encounter at a slave auction and its tragic aftermath.

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It really shows the depravity that man can stoop to when he looses his conscience, when he lets evil take hold of his heart. The economy of slavery turns people into commodities. Hayley is the worst kind of slave trader. He mixes freely with other evil traders as well as the reprehensible trackers who hunt slaves down.