1851, Anti-slavery Novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Stowe Published
On this day June 05, 1851, Anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” or “Life Among the Lowly” by Harriet Beecher Stowe first published in serial form in “The National Era”.
The novel has a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S. and is saying to have “helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War”.
The first instalment of her “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” has published in serial form in the newspaper The National Era. She originally use the subtitle “The Man That Was A Thing”, however, it has been change to “Life Among the Lowly”.
The “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” has published in book form on March 20, 1852, by John P. Jewett with an initial print run of 5,000 copies. Meanwhile, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible.
In the first year after book publish, 300,000 copies of the book has sold in the United States; one million copies in Great Britain. Meanwhile, in 1855, three years after it was published, it was called “the most popular novel of our day.”
Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. Stowe wrote 30 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential for both her writings and her public stances and debates on social issues of the day.