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Uncle Tom

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Year Published: 1852

Description: Through this widely read novel comprising stories centered on a fictional slave character, Uncle Tom, Harriet Beecher Stowe depicted the very real devastation of slavery in the American south, putting a human, personal face on a debate previously considered by many as mainly economic and political. Widely credited with galvanizing abolitionists and setting the stage for the Civil War, Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, is one of the most oft cited examples of literature serving as a catalyst for social change and influenced numerous protest authors going forward.

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