The Planter's Northern Bride
Image from The Planter's Northern Bride (1854)
|Author||Caroline Lee Hentz|
|Publisher||T.B. Peterson Ltd.|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback) & E-book|
|Pages||c.300 pp (May change depending on the publisher and the size of the text)|
Unlike other examples of anti-Tom literature (aka "plantation literature"), The Planter's Northern Bride does not portray white plantation owners behaving benignly toward their loyal black slaves - as had been the case in earlier novels such as Aunt Phillis's Cabin (1852) - nor is the title a pun on Uncle Tom's Cabin (as was the case with Uncle Robin, in His Cabin in Virginia, and Tom Without One in Boston (1853)).
The novel, unlike previous examples of plantation literature, criticized abolitionism in the United States and how easily anti-slavery organisations such as the Underground Railroad could be manipulated by pro-slavery superiors - a concept previously discussed in Rev. Baynard Rush Hall's earlier anti-Tom novel, Frank Freeman's Barber Shop (1852).
The book's main character is Eulalia, a young daughter of an abolitionist from New England and the wife of a plantation owner named Moreland. At first indoctrinated by her father's views on abolitionism, Eulalia initially condemns her husband's use of slaves on his plantation - even though he is behaving benignly towards them - but she soon realises how well off Moreland's slaves truly are.
As time passes, Eulalia also discovers a plot by a group of local abolitionists to stage a large-scale slave rebellion, with aims to "free" the otherwise-content slaves of the plantation and to murder both Moreland and Eulalia, despite their kindness to their slaves.
Hentz's novel was first published in novelised form by T.B. Peterson Ltd. in 1854.