|About the Book|
Although the American anti-slavery movement had existed at least as long as the nation itself, Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin (1852) galvanized public opinion as nothing had before. The book sold 10,000 copies in its first week and 300,000 in its first year. Its vivid dramatization of slaverys cruelties so aroused readers that is said that Abraham Lincoln told Stowe her work had been a catalyst for the Civil War.Today the novel is often labeled condescending, but its characters still have the power to move our hearts. Stowes Tom is actually American literatures first black hero, a man who suffers for refusing to obey his white oppressors. Uncle Toms Cabin is a living, relevant story, passionate in its vivid depiction of the cruelest forms of injustice—and the courage it takes to fight against them.Introduction and Notes by Amanda Claybaugh.