Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The original cover of the novel published in 1852

Introduction and Thesis

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a standout amongst books that have had a profound influence on the attitudes toward slavery and the African American experience. The novel is credited with being a major influence on the beliefs that fueled the Civil War. The universal theme embodies antislavery and the conflict between the evil of slavery and Christian love. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, however, was banned on a national level since it was considered abolitionist propaganda due to its antislavery themes and “exaggerated” slave accounts of abuse. Now considered controversial, many schools are hesitant to include this historically important novel in their libraries.

About the Author

About the Book

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 required slaves to be returned to their owners if they were found in a free state.

The Legacy

Uncle Tom’s Cabin created a firestorm of response that never could have been predicted. Northerners felt dismayed as they realized the similarities between themselves and slaves, yet slaves were subjected to horrifying conditions; this fueled the anti-slavery movement. The southerners were furious and “Felt attacked and misrepresented– despite Stowe’s including benevolent slave owners in the book” (History.com Editors).

Works Cited

Beecher, Harriet. Uncle Toms Cabin. Ale Mar, 2020.



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