Uncle Tom’s Cabin is an anti-slavery book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the book had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S.A. and is said to have “helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War”.
Harriet, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings.
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