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

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As expected, the vast majority of Southerners did not approve of the book. Uncle Tom's Cabin examines the very dark reality of slavery, and most didn't agree with the book's portrayal of slavery, slaveowners, the values slave owners had, or the idea that slavery was an inhumane practice. The book did more than simply condemn slavery as a practice—it condemned Southern society.

One Southerner, Martha Haines Butt, went so far as to publish a book of her own about slavery. In her book, Antifanaticism: A Tale of the South,

Butt portrayed slavery as a benevolent, Christianizing institution. She repeatedly emphasized that slaves were better off than servants in the North and that they did not want freedom.

In the North, the book put a face on the issue of slavery and made it much more personal than many people had experienced before. It also added more fuel to the Abolitionist fire, as more and more people used the book as a rallying cry for the end of the institution. It sold more than...

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