Uncle Tom's Cabin
When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, he greeted her as "the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war." He was exaggerating only slightly. First published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold more than 300,000 copies in its first year and brought home the evils of slavery more dramatically than any abolitionist tract possibly could. With its boldly drawn characters, violent reversals of fortune, and unabashed sentimentality, Stowe's work remains one of the great polemical novels of American literature, a book with the emotional impact of a round of cannon fire.
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The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from Harriet Beecher Stowe: Three Novels, volume number 4 in The Library of America series. That volume also includes The Minister's Wooing and Oldtown Folks.
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According to a librarian interviewed for the 1882 New York Times article, "The most remarkable book of fiction of this age is Uncle Tom's Cabin. That is a book that seems to gain rather than lose in popularity. Each successive generation of readers reads it with unabated interest."
Historical Fiction/Primary Source - Originally published in 1852, many historians (and key historical figures at the time, including President Lincoln) consider this book the key anti-slavery work of the time, and one that helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. Lexile 1050L.
Historical Fiction - Published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold over 300,000 copies in its 1st year and mobilized anti-slavery sentiment on a level previously unseen. President Lincoln considered this title a tipping point in the Abolitionist Debates.
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But there, on the bed, lay her slumbering boy, his long curs falling negligently around his unconscious face, his rosy mouth half open, his little fat hands thrown out over the bed-clothes, and a smile spread like a sunbeam over his whole face. "Poor boy! poor fellow!" said Eliza; "they have sold you! but your mother will save you yet!"
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