Introduction for Students

Congratulations! You've found the Student Site! You'll be using the materials, links, and resources on this site as your class reads Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Stowe's novel was a worldwide best-seller from the 1850s until the early twentieth century. The novel was so popular and also so controversial that when Stowe visited President Lincoln in the White House during the Civil War, he reportedly said to her, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." Even today, almost 140 years since slavery was abolished, Stowe's novel continues to fuel controversies over its literary and political aspects. As you read this book and take part in the activities in class, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the time in which Stowe was writing and to come to your own conclusions about Uncle Tom's Cabin.

  • Materials You'll Need
    The lesson numbers in the top navigation bar will take you to the materials you'll need for each lesson. Once your teacher tells you which lesson you'll need, just click its number in the top navigation bar.

  • Resources
    To learn more about Uncle Tom's Cabin or American history at the time it was written, see the books, essays, and websites included in "Resources."

  • Created by Ellen Greer Harris
    MA Program in American Studies
    University of Virginia
    August, 2002