Uncle Tom's Cabin
Or, Life Among the Lowly
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Contributor: Paul L. Hebert
Sensational abolitionist novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Written in response the the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, it was first published serially from June 1851 to April 1852 in The National Era (D.C.). Within a year of the book's publication in 1852, sales records had been shattered: nearly 300,000 books sold in the U.S. and a staggering 1.5 million in Great Britain.
This edition is based on the first edition two-volume illustrated edition. It includes the original illustrations as well as documents which help readers understand the cultural context in which the novel appeared.
Edited and published by Paul L. Hebert, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Examples of Runaway Slave Advertisements published 1850-59 in North Carolina
Excerpt from "'A Child is Being Beaten': A Contribution to the Study of the Origin of Sexual Perversions" (1918)
Primary Source Comparison - Times-Picayune Creole Cook book (New Orleans, LA.: 1901)
The Liberator. Vol. 11, No. 34. (20 Aug. 1841)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture