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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 Uncle Tom's Cabin 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. Uncle Tom's Cabin 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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