Uncle Tom's Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe and published in the United States in 1852. The novel depicted slavery as a moral evil and was the cause of much controversy at the time and long after. Uncle Tom's Cabin outraged the South and received praise in the North. The publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin was a major turning point for the United States which helped bring about the Civil War.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is said to have contributed to the Civil War because it brought the evils of slavery to the attention of Americans more vividly than any other book had done before ("Harriett's Life"). The novel made people who had never really thought about slavery realize how cruel and unjust it was. It also turned many people against slavery so bad that they decided it was a good cause to fight for. For many Northerners who had no personal experience with slavery the novel personalized the evils of slavery for them ("Uncle"). It showed them how slavery actually affected the slaves and how they were treated by their owners. Some Northerners, however, criticized the book, some because they believed it exaggerated slavery's cruelty and others because they thought it downplayed slavery ("Uncle). The novel was so gruesome at times that people could not believe that what had happened in the book could really happen to slaves. The novel outraged the South and they declared the book to be criminal, slanderous and utterly false ("Africans). Obviously the south was for slavery and they did not like the book because they did not want others to know what was happening to their slaves. If people were to find out they knew people would reject to it immediately and that is exactly what happened. The South disliked the book so much that they banned it and a book seller was forced out of town in Mobile, Alabama for selling copies of the book ("Africans"). Uncle Tom's Cabin was liked and disliked by many people in America.
When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe after the beginning of the American Civil War, he supposedly said to her, "So you're the little woman that wrote the book that started this Great War" ("Harriet's Life"). Lincoln was referring to Harriett Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom's Cabin. The quote implies that even the president of America had recognized and emphasized the impact of the novel on American Society as being the key cause to something as important as the Civil War.
Harriet Beecher Stowe began writing Uncle Tom's Cabin after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed ("Africans"). The Fugitive Slave Act was an agreement between the north and the south that mainly said that if a runaway slave was caught in a free state, the runaway slave had to be returned to his or her owner ("Uncle"). She started to publish her story first as a series of stories in a newspaper called the Era, and when a publisher by the name of John Punchard Jewett read the article, he decided to publish it in book form ("Harriett's Life"). It became the best seller in the United States, England, Europe and Asia ("Harriett's Life). The novel also began to be dramatized all over the world without the consent of Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin not only became a success in book form but also in dramatic from.
In this novel there are many families who end up getting torn apart from each other. In the beginning of the story there are two men bargaining over the sale of a slave, or slaves, to cancel a debt that a plantation owner named Mr. Shelby had. Mr. Shelby decides to sell his most trusted slave to him, but Haley is not satisfied with him and wants another slave to go with him. Then at this time a little slave boy walks in named Harry and Haley wants him too. Haley told Mr. Shelby, when Mr. Shelby had second thoughts about taking Harry away from his mother "These critters an't like white folks, you know; they gets over things, only manage right" (Stowe 5). Haley does not think that slaves have the...