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I. Stowe and Helper: Literary Incendiaries I. In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin , a popular book that awakened the passions of the North toward the evils of slavery. o In one line, it’s about the splitting up of a slave family and the cruel mistreatment of likeable Uncle Tom by a cruel slave master. o The book sold millions of copies, and overseas, British people were charmed by it. o The South cried foul, saying Stowe’s portrayal of slavery was wrong and unfair. o The book helped Britain stay out of the Civil War because its people, who had read the book and had now denounced slavery because they sympathized with Uncle Tom, wouldn’t allow intervention on behalf of the South. II. Another book, The Impending Crisis of the South , written by Hinton R. Helper , a non-aristocratic white North Carolinian, tried to prove, by an array of statistics, that the non-slave-holding Southern whites were really the ones most hurt by slavery.
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