Ohio Memory has published a new post, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Excitement and the Influence”
Abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852 as a direct response to the passing of the Fugitive Slave Bill. This bill was a part of the Compromise of 1850, an ineffective attempt by Congress to reconcile the opposing agendas of Northern and Southern states concerning the expansion of slavery into the newly-acquired US territories won during the Mexican-American War. The Fugitive Slave Bill established strict requirements for all federal states and territories to arrest runaway slaves within their respective jurisdictions and to actively return them to the South. This infuriated Northern abolitionists, including Stowe, who felt they were being forced to comply with a cruel and immoral institution to which they were staunchly opposed.
Outraged by the bill and its implications, […]
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Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Excitement and the Influence
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