On This Day: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1853

Did you know…?

On June 5, 1851, the first installation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin appeared in The National Era – an abolitionist paper. The story would run for forty installation, and in 1852, it was published in book form.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book helped bring slavery into national consciousness and fanned an emotional wave of sympathy or resentment, depending on the region. Supposedly, Abraham Lincoln greeted Mrs. Stowe during the Civil War years, saying, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”

To commemorate the day, here is a video from C-SPAN Book TV in 2012 about Harriet Beecher Stowe and it includes on site footage at her church and home, along with a discussion of her writing, religious beliefs, and abolitionist cause.

1 Response to On This Day: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

  1. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made Northerners complicit in the perpetuation of the Peculiar Institution. Harriet Beecher Stowe could have simply withdrawn to her room and cursed the darkness… But she lit a candle, instead.

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