How does Uncle Tom's Cabin play an important role in history?

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Boy, did it ever! Robert Levine writes about the various vehement responses to the novel in his article, "Uncle Tom's Cabin in Frederick Douglass' Paper: An Analysis of Reception."

Levine says that free Northern blacks were "outraged and desparing over th adoption of the Compromise of 1850's Fugitive Slave Law" (72). They regarded it "as a godsend destined to mobilize white sentiment against...

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