The head of the Shelby family, Mr. Shelby must sell Tom and Harry to pay off a debt he owes to Haley, the slave-trader. Mr. Shelby treats his slaves well but he considers them essentially different from white people—he allows them to form marriage-like relationship and takes pride in the continuity among slaves on his estate, but he is willing to alter Tom’s life in order to maintain the Shelby family’s financial security. On his death, his estate passes to his son, George, Jr.
The timeline below shows where the character George Shelby, Sr. appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: A Man of Humanity
...without upsetting Eliza too much, if she is kept away from the scene of separation. Shelby asks for time to think over the deal and privately curses Haley's business advantage, which... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Mother
Chapter 3: The Husband and Father
Chapter 4: An Evening in Uncle Tom’s Cabin
...practices his writing diligently and is tutored by “Mas’r George,” the thirteen-year-old son of George Shelby. As Tom perseveres at his lessons, Aunt Chloe remarks that reading and writing, and other... (full context)
...Chloe replies that Jinny’s cooking is serviceable but plain—the Lincons, she continues, don’t have the Shelby’s manners and good breeding. When George admits to having bragged about the quality of Chloe’s... (full context)
Chapter 5: Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
Chapter 6: Discovery
...to aid in the search for Eliza and Harry. Andy also informs Sam that Mrs. Shelby doesn’t actually want them captured. Sam understands this subterfuge and slips a nut under Haley’s... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Mother’s Struggle
Chapter 10: The Property is Carried Off
Chapter 21: Kentuck
Chapter 30: The Slave Warehouse