Harriet Beecher Stowe Hastening War - Quotation From “Uncle Tom’s Cabin"

Hastening War – Harriet Beecher Stowe Quotation From “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”


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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 it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States alone. It fueled the abolitionist cause in the 1850s and sharpened regional differences and perspectives about slavery. The book’s impact was so great, that when Abraham Lincoln met its author Harriet Beecher Stowe at the start of the Civil War, he is purported to have declared, “So this is the little lady who made this big war.”

Autograph Quotation Signed, March 30, 1894. “‘I’m going there,’ she said, ‘to the spirits bright, Tom. I am going before long.’” Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Chap. XXIII, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Written for Charlotts Nichols.” The deathbed scene is one of the key scenes in the book.