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Uncle Tom's Cabin 

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Written by: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Edited by: Christopher G. Diller

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: April 27, 2009
632pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551118062 / 1551118068

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With its gripping plot and pungent dialogue, Uncle Tom's Cabin offers readers today a passionate portrait of a nation on the verge of disunion and a surprisingly subtle examination of the relationship between race and nationalism that has always been at the heart of the American experience. This Broadview edition is based upon the first American edition of the novel and reprints its original illustrations and preface. In addition, it reprints all of the prefaces that Stowe wrote for authorized European editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin, offers a wide array of appendices that clarify the novel's participation in antebellum debates about domesticity, colonization, abolitionism, and the law, and includes sections on dramatic adaptations of the novel.


"Christopher Diller's edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin is, without a doubt, a major contribution. By tracing the novel's critical reception and voracious consumption by a global audience for more than 150 years, Diller breathes new life into this best-selling text. Diller makes the work accessible to a variety of audiences: scholars; students in American Studies, history, and literature courses; and general readers who want to savor the emotive power of this American classic. He insightfully maps the reasons Stowe's masterpiece continues to be anchored in the American literary tradition, and the degree to which it continues to lie at the foundation of this tradition in the 21st century. This is a masterly treatment of an American master text." - Wilfred D. Samuels, University of Utah

"The Broadview Press edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin is a splendid addition to the scholarship on Stowe's iconic and controversial novel. Christopher Diller's superb introduction and imaginative selection of supporting materials provide a stimulating array of historical and literary contexts–and remind us of how alive this text remains." - Joan D. Hedrick, Trinity College, author of Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life (Oxford University Press, 1994)

Christopher G. Diller is Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly

Appendix A: Frontispiece and Six Illustrations from the first American Edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin

Appendix B: The European Prefaces to Uncle Tom's Cabin

  1. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author's Preface to the English Edition with Publisher's Advertisement (London: Thomas Bosworth, 1852).
  2. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Preface to the European Edition (Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1852).
  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Preface to the French Illustrated Edition (Paris: Pierre Charpentier, 1853).
  4. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Preface to the French Edition (Lecou).

Appendix C: Abolitionist, Colonization, and Proslavery Movements

  1. "Preamble," The Constitution of the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society, 1787, and Sections 1-3 from "An ACT to give Relief to certain Persons taking Refuge in [the] State [of Pennsylvania], with Respect to their Slaves," 1780.
  2. David Walker, from Walker's Appeal in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, To the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America, David Walker, 3rd edition, 1830.
  3. William Lloyd Garrison, "To the Public," The Liberator, 1831.
  4. Lyman Beecher, from "Dr. Beecher's Address," The African Repository and Colonial Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 9, November, 1834.
  5. "A Declaration of the Sentiments of the People of Hartford, Regarding the Measures of the Abolitionists," 1835.
  6. Maria Chapman, et al., "Address of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society to the Women of Massachusetts," The Liberator, August 13, 1836.
  7. William Lloyd Garrison, "The American Union," The Liberator, January 10, 1845.
  8. George Fitzhugh, from "The Universal Slave Trade," from Cannibals All! Or Slaves Without Masters, 1857.

Appendix D: Stowe's Letters, 1836-1853

  1. Harriet Beecher Stowe to Georgiana May (6 January 1836)
  2. Harriet Beecher Stowe to Calvin Stowe (16 June 1845)
  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe to Calvin Stowe (29 June 1849)
  4. Harriet Beecher Stowe to Henry Ward Beecher (1 February 1851)
  5. Harriet Beecher Stowe to Gamaliel Bailey (9 March 1851)
  6. Harriet Beecher Stowe to Elizabeth Cabot Follen (16 December 1852)

Appendix E: The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the "Higher Law" Debate   

  1. The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 with a Synopsis and Poem by S.M. Africanus
  2. From Charles Beecher, "The Duty of Disobedience to Wicked Laws. A Sermon on the Fugitive Slave Law" (1851)
  3. John C. Lord, "'The Higher Law' in its Application to the Fugitive Slave Bill A Sermon on the Duties, Men owe to God and to Governments" (1851)

Appendix F: Contemporary Responses to Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Section 1: Abolitionist and African American Views

  1. William Lloyd Garrison, "In the execution of her very familiar task," The Liberator, March 26, 1852.
  2. William G. Allen, "I have recently read 'Uncle Tom,' Frederick Douglass's Paper, May 20, 1852.
  3. "Letter from Martin Delany," with "Remarks" by Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass's Paper, April 1, 1853.

Section 2: Proslavery Responses to Uncle Tom's Cabin

  1. Unsigned, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," The New York Observer, October 21, 1852.
  2. Louisa S. McCord, from "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Southern Quarterly Review, Vol. 7, Issue 13, January, 1853.
  3. Mary Chesnut, Diary entries from Mary Chesnut's Civil War, 1861-1865.

Section 3: European Responses to Uncle Tom's Cabin

  1. "American Slavery," New York Times, September 18, 1852.
  2. George Sand, "Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin," La Presse, December 17, 1852.
  3. Emile Montegut, "The Abolitionist Novel in America," Revue des Deux Mondes [Review of Two Worlds], October-December, 1852.
  4. Anonymous, from "The American Novel: Uncle Tom's Cabin," Allgemeine Zietung, October 7-8, 1852.
  5. "B," "Mistress Harriet Beecher-Stowe and the Novel," El Universo Pintoresco [The Picturesque Universe], No. 25, July 15, 1853.

Appendix G: Uncle Tom's Cabin on Stage

Frontispiece: "Eliza Pursued by Bloodhounds"

  1. "J," "Mrs. Stowe's Drama," [Review of Mary Webb's performance of "The Christian Slave"], The Liberator, December 14, 1855.
  2. "Uncle Tom's Cabin at Barnum's," New York Daily Tribune, November 15, 1853.
  3. "Uncle Tom's Cabin at Barnum's Museum," Illustrated News, November 26, 1853.
  4. "I am going there, or the death of little Eve," Lithograph, 1852 (Figure G.2.).
  5. "The famous Jarrett & Palmer London Company consolidated with Slavin's Original American Troupe in Uncle Tom's Cabin," Lithograph, 1881 (Figure G.3.).
  6. "Eliza," from George Peck's grand revival of Stetson's Uncle Tom's Cabin booked by Klaw & Erlanger, 1886 (Figure G.4.).
  7. "Old Uncle Tom," Palmer's Uncle Tom's Cabin Co, Lithograph, 1899 (Figure G.5.).
  8. "Little Eva's Death Scene," Scene from stage production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1901 (Figure G.6.).
  9. "In The Cotton Field," Cotton Picking Scene from stage production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1901 (Figure G.7.)
  10. Eugene Lund, from "Trouping with Uncle Tom," Century Magazine, 1928.
  11. "Uncle Tom's Cabin new Uncle Tom's Cabin Co.," Lithograph, 1923 (Figure G.8.).
  12. Poster or lobby card for 1958 colorized and narrated re-release of Universal Studio's 1927 Super-Jewel Production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Told by Raymond Massey (Figure G.9.).

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