[An engraving of Harriet Beecher Stowe writing. 1866, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.]
In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act was imposed, prompting Harriet Beecher Stowe to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin in response to the injustice. The book was a huge success, selling 10,000 copies in the first week it was published. The book was (and still is) a subject of debate: Some say it helped people understand the reality of slavery, but others argue that it just enforced racial stereotypes. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a contributing cause to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the Civil War.
Margaret Johnson and Kenna Huot
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