Pretend you're studying another culture...you're an anthropologist looking in from the outside. Your objective is not to judge or respond emotionally but simply to observe and to understand what is occurring within the framework of the culture you are studying. Take a step back. Good luck. I have been curious about this book for several years now but fiction hasn't been my thing, of late.
Hope this helps. This is the tactic I use to protect my sanity when visiting Fundietown.
Hey, you're good!
your mom sounds like a sweet, well-meaning woman...but i'm sure it gets annoying. I'm glad to hear you'll stick with the book. I wanted to understand the story behind calling someone an uncle tom, but I think skimming a "cliff notes" will do the trick.
Christianity's guilt goes further back than antebellum American society, Genesis 9:26-27 provided the warrant for racial slavery beginning with Noah's curse against his son Ham and grandson Canaan and their progeny which was to be forever. Christian doctrine and dogma never condemned the totalitarian system of human slavery. So, read that book with a healthy dose of skepticism.