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Uncle Tom's cabin: a tale of life among the lowly

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Uncle Tom's cabin: a tale of life among the lowly

by STOWE, Harriet Beecher

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1852 1st UK ed Uncle Tom's Cabin Beecher Stowe Anti Slavery Abolition Civil War

"A moral battle cry for freedom!"

– Langston Hughes on Uncle Tom's Cabin.

No other work of literature helped lay the groundwork for the American Civil War quite like Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' In turn, many historians have 'credited' this novel with being the contributing factor to the Civil War. This incredible story portrays slave families being torn apart through being sold and resold by slave masters. This story had a polarizing reaction. Over 300,000 of the first edition had to be printed, but remarkably was banned in most of the American South! Even still, it was the most-popular and highest-selling book in the 19th-century and is on the Grolier American 100!

A charming first UK edition set of an American classic that "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War!" (Will Kaufman)

Item number: #10472

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STOWE, Harriet Beecher

Uncle Tom's cabin: a tale of life among the lowly

London: George Routledge & Co., 1852. First UK Edition.


· Collation: Complete with all pages

o XVI, 480p

· References: BAL 19343; Grolier American 100, 61; Sabin 92457; Wright 2401

· Language: English

· Binding: Cloth; tight and secure

· Size: ~7in X 5in (17.5cm x 12.5cm)

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In Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe, the title character Uncle Tom is a long-suffering slave, loyal to both his faith and his master. Presented with an opportunity to escape, he instead chooses to remain in slavery to avoid embarrassing his master. After being sold to a slave trader, Tom suffers brutal treatment and is eventually beaten to death for his refusal to betray his friends — made to represent an ideal of true Christianity. Enormously popular (it was the best-selling novel of the 19th century) and influential, it’s publication in 1852 was instrumental in bringing visibility to the cruel reality of slavery. In more recent years, it has come under considerable criticism for its portrayal of meekness and subservience and the phrase “Uncle Tom” is sometimes used as an epithet for someone seen as overly subservient. 

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On Mar 31 2020, a reader said:
Excellent book to gain empathy and insight into the enslaved pathos, struggle and plight! This book presents well designed ideas to ennoble and elivate the human race as brothers, and sisters of a common God, and Father of us all.

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STOWE, Harriet Beecher
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