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Column - 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' still packs a punch

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When Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, met President Abraham Lincoln in the White House, the great man supposedly said to her, "So you are the little lady who helped start this big war."

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That exchange is probably legend, but it's a legend formed from truth.

Stowe's novel hugely helped sway worldwide opinion against slavery. Published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin was the biggest best seller in the 19th century, second only to the Bible in sales.

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