Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin

“Public Opinion Formed by Education?” Popular writer Harriet Beecher Stowe earned enormous renown for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a melodramatic fictional account of the travails of slavery first published in 1852. To rebut the charge that she had made up many of the horrific details about slavery that she dramatized, she published a Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin one year later. This excerpt from Stowe’s Key demonstrates the care that Stowe took in corroborating her claims. Among her most important sources were the many articles that she culled from newspapers originally published in the slaveholding states. Go here to view article

 

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