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How did the North and the South react to Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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christinaq15 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2007 at 5:26 AM via web

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How did the North and the South react to Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 26, 2007 at 10:19 AM (Answer #1)

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Both reacted powerfully, but they reacted quite differently. The South criticized the book, especially supporters of slavery. Many people wrote letters, and some even wrote entire books answering the novel. (It is said that one person sent Stowe a slave's ear.)

In the North, the response was more varied. Many people read the work, and it dominated the stage for some time (decades—long after the Civil War). For some readers, it crystallized their politics and their opposition to slavery. Others managed to treat it as a tearjerker without getting politically active.

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