What was the significance of the book Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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In some ways, Uncle Tom's Cabin was a reflection of a certain point of view at a certain time. Its author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was an abolitionist, and she, like many other anti-slavery activists in the North, was angry at the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which, among other things, required Northerners to return escaped slaves. The act turned many Northerners who had not thought much about slavery against the institution, because they thought Southerners, despite all their talk of states rights, were forcing them to support slavery.

In this atmosphere , Uncle Tom's Cabin was an incendiary book. It...

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