The Conspiracy Theory

Uncle Tom's Cabin

the History Behind the novel.

- Uncle Tom's Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher, in 1852.

- The novel drastically changed how Americans would think about slavery, forever.

-Not only did Beecher's novel demanded that the American government come through on their promises of freedom, and equality; but it also sparked the abolition movement, and the Civil War.

-Beecher does this in her novel by calling on Americans to confront the issue of racial relations.

- The title itself was a racial slur.

- The novel sold 10,000 copies in the first week.

- Within a years span, 1.5 million copies were sold.

- The novel appealed to people all over the nation as both a protest novel, and work of literature.




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about the book

- Arthur Shelby, a Kentucky farmer, Comes close to losing everything.

- He and his wife have a nice relationship with their slaves but they need the money.

- Shelby decides to raise money by selling two of his slaves

- The slaves are Uncle Tom and a middle-aged man with a wife and children on the farm, and Harry, the young son of Mrs. Shelby’s maid Eliza.