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Title page from First Edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Title page from First Edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin / Bowdoin College Library

Harriet Beecher Stowe claimed that she was inspired to write <em>Uncle Tom's Cabin</em> after seeing a vision of the slave Tom while she was worshipping at the First Parish Church in Brunswick. Exposing what she believed to be the horrors of slavery to a worldwide audience (Stowe had never actually seen them firsthand), Uncle Tom's Cabin was an instant sensation, selling ten thousand copies in the first week following its 1852 publication. <em>Uncle Tom's Cabin</em> was soon translated into many languages and reportedly is the best-selling book of the nineteenth century with the exception of The Bible.

 

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