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U.S. History Honors 17 March 2008 The Impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the Abolitionist Movement Uncle Tom’s Cabin , written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is one of the most influential novels in American history. When the book was published in 1852, the slavery debate had been raging for decades. None of the arguments, however, had as much emotional impact as Stowe’s book. Read by millions, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a major boost for the Abolitionist Movement, which in turn helped fuel the Civil War. President Lincoln even asked Stowe, “Is this the little woman whose book made such a great war?” Stowe managed to write a story that gave readers a vivid image of slavery and a real reason to fight it. She created characters to whom readers could relate, evoked sympathy for their suffering, and showed the true horror and cruelty of slavery. Stowe helped the Abolitionist cause by portraying African-Americans as fellow human beings. Although from today’s perspective, the black characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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