Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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I’m currently reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe It is an extremely important book that helped polarize the North’s and South’s positions on slavery.  My first large display is on Elijah Lovejoy, an abolitionist murdered in Alton.  One of Lovejoy’s close friends and supporters was Edward Beecher, who is Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was serialized from 1851–1852 in the National Era and published in book form in 1852. Between 1852 and 1860, it became the world’s best-selling book after the Christian Bible. So far, it’s a pretty good story, but the greatest part is the history surrounding it. Many pro-slavery novels were published as a rebuttal to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I have not read any of them, but in my opinion the best title is J.W. Page’s Uncle Robin in His Cabin in Virginia and Tom without One in Boston (1855).

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, call number:  F STO. I suggest the annotated version, edited with an introduction and notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Hollis Robbins.

If you’d like to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin online, it can be found here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/203

You can read Uncle Robin online here: http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/proslav/pagehp.html

And A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin here: http://archive.org/details/keytouncletomsca02stow