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The Beecher Sisters$
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Barbara A. White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099270

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099270.001.0001

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In the Wake of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852–1859

In the Wake of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852–1859

(p.53) 3 In the Wake of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852–1859
The Beecher Sisters

Barbara A. White

Yale University Press

This chapter elaborates the success and influence of the book Uncle Tom's Cabin. In Brunswick, with her sisters, Harriet Beecher Stowe seemed stunned by the reception of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Southerners did not react at first to Uncle Tom's Cabin, but when it became clear how influential the book was going to be, the novel was effectively banned in the South. Initially, the attacks on Uncle Tom's Cabin targeted the veracity of the portrayal of slavery. According to the Southern Quarterly Review, Stowe's “foul imagination had produced a book whose touch contaminates with its filth.” Harriet, who sometimes said more directly that God had written Uncle Tom's Cabin, was looked upon as the spokesperson of the anti-slavery movement, whether she wanted to be or not, and was invited to England by British abolitionists.

Keywords:   Uncle's Tom Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, slavery, anti-slavery movement, abolitionists

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