Uncle Tom’s Cabin re-released in its original format



Beginning June 5, 2011, look for weekly installments of Stowe’s best-seller on line for 44 weeks; following the identical format to The National Era. Each installment will include an introduction by a Stowe scholar, historian or a fan.

Readers are encouraged to comment!

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best known novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), changed forever how Americans viewed slavery, the system that treated people as property. It demanded that the United States deliver on the promise of freedom and equality, galvanized the abolition movement and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War. The book calls on us to confront the legacy of race relations in the U.S. as the title itself became a racial slur.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was initially released in serial format in the National Era, a weekly newspaper, from June 5, 1851-April 1, 1852. Stowe enlisted friends and family to send her information and scoured freedom narratives and anti-slavery newspapers for first hand accounts as she composed her story.

In 1852 the serial was published as a two volume book. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a runaway best-seller, selling 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week; 300,000 in the first year; and 1.5 million copies internationally in one year. It resonates with an international audience as a protest novel and literary work.

Readers can receive e-mail updates for this historic release by subscribing to the blog on the right hand side of the page.

2 responses to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin re-released in its original format

  • Julie

    Great Idea! I heard about it from the David McCullough article in American History magazine. However, it would be nice if you put a link to this blog on the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center website. I had to search for it separately on Google. On the Uncle Tom’s Cabin page it just says coming soon.

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