Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)

So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” According to her son, this is what President Abraham Lincoln said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe for Uncle Tom.jpgthe first time in 1862.  This classic is extremely readable, and gives you a fascinating view of race and slavery in the United States 160 years ago.

Uncle Tom, Eliza, George and Topsy are African slaves struggling to survive in the pre-Civil War South.  Each chooses a different response to their white owners and the laws of the day.   Their stories are both inspiring and heartbreaking.  In addition, you’ll meet the Shelby family in Kentucky, Eva and Augustine St. Clare of New Orleans and the infamous Simon Legree from rural Louisiana.  These individuals are white slave owners, but with complex lives, morals and outcomes.

You’ll be surprised at how relevant this book still is today.  Take the time to read it with your child and you’ll find much to discuss.  Did Uncle Tom’s Cabin actually start the American Civil War? Read it and see what you think.

High School Reading Level, 384 pages, Historical Fiction, Civil War, Published 1852.

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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