America in the 1850s

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

How was Uncle Tom’s Cabin received?

The question can perhaps best be answered by quoting from the New York Times. The Times was not yet the premier American newspaper; it played a distant third to the Herald Tribune and the New York Post. But when it came to reporting the reception of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, no one did better than the New York Times:

Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which vividly portrayed the plight of slaves in the South. Some even believe her novel helped spark the war.


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