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The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Twelfth Edition
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Chapter 19: Drifting Toward Disunion, 1854-1861

Examining Related Evidence: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tomís Cabin
This internet activity is based on the Examining the Evidence feature found on page 411 of The American Pageant, Twelfth Edition. Or you can view the feature here.

Shortly before Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tomís Cabin, a famous escape from slavery also greatly affected American anti-slavery sentiment. To learn more about this go to the University of North Carolinaís Documenting the American South collection and look at the Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown.

First look at the illustration. Then skim through the narrative to help you answer the following questions:

  1. Where did Henry Brown live as a slave?
  2. Identify 2Ė3 terrible aspects of slavery that he experienced.
  3. How did he escape slavery?
  4. Why would this story have been so sensational in 1849?
  5. Surmise which narrative had a greater effect on Americans in the North, Uncle Tomís Cabin, or Henry Box Brownís Narrative. Why?