Uncle Tom’s Cabin


US History The Civil War Uncle Tom's Cabin
Students learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe and her famous novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Then, they read about how the novel influenced attitudes about slavery in the time period leading up to the Civil War. Finally, they conduct research and write about the racial stereotypes found in the novel.

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In this experience, students learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe and her famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Then, they read about how the novel influenced attitudes about slavery in the time period leading up to the Civil War. Finally, they conduct research and write about the racial stereotypes found in the novel.

The student pack includes a link to an audio reading of the full novel. You may choose to have students listen to a few minutes of the reading to get a taste of the novel, for example, Chapter 7, “The Mother’s Struggle,” which describes Eliza’s feelings upon her escape from the Shelby family farm.

Objective:

  • Summarize how Uncle Tom’s Cabin affected attitudes toward slavery.


Harriet Beecher Stowe was a white women living in Ohio and Maine during the 1850s. She was a writer who wrote more than 30 books, but her most famous was the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Originally released in 1851 as a serialized article for The National Era newspaper and later published as a book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin strengthened the anti-slavery movement in the United States.

Objective:

  • Summarize how Uncle Tom’s Cabin affected attitudes toward slavery.




Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1852


Upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe for the first time, President Abraham Lincoln was rumored to have said “So, you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” Lincoln was referring to the Civil War, which began in 1860.


What do you think Lincoln meant by this quote?

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Discuss with students some of their responses. Explain to students that Lincoln was discussing the impact that Uncle Tom’s Cabin had on Americans and their views on slavery. In this experience, students will be learning about the novel and how it affected attitudes toward slavery in the United States.


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