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Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Dear Diary,I've been walking forever. My feet are numb from the cold winter ground and my arms are getting sore from holding my son, Harry. The Ohio River is right in front of me. If I cross that, then I'll be free.Earlier today, I found out that my master, Mr. Shelby, was going to sell my baby to a slave trader named Mr. Haley. I knew I had to run away immediately, so I could keep Harry safe. I grabbed a few possessions of mine and disappeared into the night.The only way for us to be safe is to reach the North, and the quickest way there is across the Ohio River. It is just as dangerous for us in the North though. If we are found, we must be returned due to the Fugitive Slave Act. Hopefully a kind person will find me, or I won't be found at all until I reach Canada. The only way across the river is to run across an ice floe. My feet will be cut to shreads. Then again, they already are. Pray for me.-Eliza Harris

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14th, 1811 in Litchfield Connecticut. She was the 6th of 11 children. She had 7 children of her own with her husband Calvin Ellis Stowe. The Stowes were not pro-slavery. They used their home to house fugitive slaves as part of the Undergroud Railroad. Harriet lost one of her sons in 1849, prompting her to write Uncle Tom's Cabin after empathizing with the enslaved mothers losing their sons. Stowe wrote more than 20 books, but her most famous was Uncle Tom's Cabin. She later died on July 1st, 1896 at the age of 85.

Uncle Tom's Cabin is an anti-slavery novel that follows the lives of the previous Shelby slaves. The Shelby family had to sell their slaves in order to make money to repay their debts. Eliza Harris ran away towards the North to keep her baby safe. Uncle Tom is bought after saving a little girl, Eva St. Clare, from drowning. Uncle Tom and Little Eva form a bond through friendship and faith. Eva dies and Mr. St. Clare says he'll free Tom, but he dies before he can sign the papers. Tom is sold again to a cruel, violent man named Simon Legree. Tom encouraged two of Legree's female slaves to escape. When Legree catches wind of that, he beats Uncle Tom to death.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was published on March 20th, 1892. Within the first week, it sold 10,000 copies and was the 2nd best selling book, following the Bible. Today it is published in over 60 languages.


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