What did President Lincoln say about Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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According to tradition, upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, Abraham Lincoln exclaimed, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"

While there is little to substantiate this claim, it does underpin the importance of Stowe's work prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Her novel earnestly explores the harsh reality of being a black slave in the pre-abolition society of America. Uncle Tom's Cabin is regarded as a great piece of abolitionist writing even though, unlike the other abolition pieces of the day, it was not a biographical account. While Lincoln may have never actually said those words to Stowe that day, the message is the same, and it connects these two revolutionary figures and solidifies Stowe's importance in the abolitionist movement as well as aggrandizes Lincoln's involvement in the emancipation of African Americans.

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President Abraham Lincoln, upon meeting the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1862, is alleged to have said to Harriet...

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