An international bestseller, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s sentimental novel brought widespread attention to the issue of slavery. Cleverly adapting consumer culture to their cause, Stowe and other antislavery advocates spread the abolitionist message on inexpensive items. At school, children might encounter an antislavery primer beginning, "A is for Abolitionist—A man who wants to free the wretched slave." On her dressing table, a woman might apply makeup from small box declaring, "Am I not a man and a brother?" In many homes, Americans read the bestseller Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
This book is a first edition of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It has paper covers and is printed in black-and-white throughout, with the text of the novel printed in two columns on each page. Adhesive residue on the left side of the front and back covers indicates a lost binding cover. The back cover features a list of other items available from the publisher, John P. Jewett & Company.
White ceramic plate with raised floral design around rim; decorated with text and image (possibly a transfer image) relating to Uncle Tom's Cabin. The text reads, "PAY AWAY TILL HE GIVES UP! GIVE IT HIM; GIVE IT HIM! UNCLE TOM WHIPPED TO DEATH." The image shows two black men beating a half-clothed black man while a well-dressed white man watches. Reverse: "G" "G"