Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1853 Edition
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1853 Edition


Screen Shot 2016-11-17 at 4.24.09 PM.pngText of Uncle Tom's Cabin and related background information from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
  • The novel was published serial format in the abolitionist newspaper National Era between June 1, 1851 to April 1, 1852
    • 5,000 copies of the first edition sold in 2 days
      • 300,000 copies sold in America in the first year

Impact of the Book, Slavery and the Civil War

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

primary_sources.PNGText of the Fugitive Slave Act

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Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture: A Multimedia Archive from University of Virginia and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Matter of Influence from Gilder Lehman Institute of American History


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Eliza crossing the ice; theatre poster 1880
Eliza crossing the ice; theatre poster 1880

Screen Shot 2016-10-28 at 12.34.37 PM.pngHarriet Beecher Stowe

The Most Famous American in the World, Connecticut History.org

Harriet B. Stowe from Ohio History Central

Who is Harriet Beecher Stowe from The Abolitionists, PBS American Experience

Stowe's Life and Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Uncle Tom's Cabin on Film
  • 15 minute version by Edwin S. Porter was released in September 1903, two months before the movie The Great Train Robbery, often credited as the first American film
  • 9 films were made between 1903 and 1927, making It the most filmed story in the silent movie era
Poster for the 1918 silent film
Poster for the 1918 silent film



Uncle Tom's Cabin on Stage

The Tom Show from Wikipedia

The Tom Caricature, Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, Ferris State University


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Worksheet for Students Reading the Book