Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays

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The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe and published in the United States in 1852. The novel depicted slavery as a moral evil and was the cause of much controversy at the time and long after. Uncle Tom's Cabin outraged the South and received praise in the North. The publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin was a major turning point for the United States which helped bring about the Civil War. Uncle Tom's Cabin is said to have contributed to the Civil War because it brought the evils of slavery to the attention of Americans more vividly than any other book had done before ("Harriett's Life"). The novel made people who had never really thought about slavery realize how cruel and unjust it was. It also turned many…show more content…
Uncle Tom's Cabin was liked and disliked by many people in America. When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe after the beginning of the American Civil War, he supposedly said to her, "So you're the little woman that wrote the book that started this Great War" ("Harriet's Life"). Lincoln was referring to Harriett Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom's Cabin. The quote implies that even the president of America had recognized and emphasized the impact of the novel on American Society as being the key cause to something as important as the Civil War. Harriet Beecher Stowe began writing Uncle Tom's Cabin after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed ("Africans"). The Fugitive Slave Act was an agreement between the north and the south that mainly said that if a runaway slave was caught in a free state, the runaway slave had to be returned to his or her owner ("Uncle"). She started to publish her story first as a series of stories in a newspaper called the Era, and when a publisher by the name of John Punchard Jewett read the article, he decided to publish it in book form ("Harriett's Life"). It became the best seller in the United States, England, Europe and Asia ("Harriett's Life). The novel also began to be dramatized all over the world without the consent of Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin not only became a success in book form but also in dramatic from. In this novel there are many families who end up getting torn apart from each

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