Uncle Tom's Cabin Author:Harriet Beecher Stowe Few books influenced American history as dramatically as did this story of slavery in the Old South. Uncle Tom's Cabin appeared just as public indignation over the the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was at its height. The simple, human story of Uncle Tom and his friends succeeded, where hundreds of treatises had failed, in fanning the flames of the ... more »antislavery movement into an inferno of opposition to the institution of slavery.
Yet this book is more than a political document, more than a literary landmark. The crossing of the ice, the death of little Eva, the cruelty of Legree, the spontaneity of Topsy, all are familiars of the American experience. The story and its characters have entered our common vocabulary; it is part of our heritage.« less