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Lauren Richmond History 201 April 1 1999 A Reaction to Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin So this is the little lady who made this big war Abraham Lincolns legendary comment upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe demonstrates the significant place her novel Uncle Toms Cabin holds in American history Published in book form in 1852 the novel quickly became a national bestseller and stirred up strong emotions in both the North and South The context in which Uncle Toms Cabin was written therefore is just as significant as the actual content Among other things Stowes publication of her novel was stimulated by the increasing tensions among the nations citizens and by her fervent belief that slavery was brutally immoral While she was still young Harriets family moved from Hartford Connecticut to Cincinnati Ohio At the time Cincinnati was a battleground for pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces as well as being a city of religious revivalism temperance conflicts and race riots Her father was a congregationalist minister and her oldest sister Catherine was a writer on social reform questions It is not surprising therefore that because of her environment Harriet became involved in movements emphasizing the moral injustice of slavery Probably the most significant influence on Harriets writing Uncle Toms Cabin however was the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1950 Under the law people who assisted a runaway slave could receive a fine of 1000 and six months in prison Naturally the statute broadened the slavery debate by involving the northern states in the apprehension of runaway slaves The North who had previously adopted a not-our-problem attitude toward slavery now was forced into a direct role in its propagation These influences were directly responsible for Stowes creation of Uncle Toms Cabin and its characters which in her final chapter are revealed to have been in one sense or another factual representations The separate instances that compose the
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