Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Serial Novel vs. Novel Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is considered a pivotal piece of literature in history for many reasons. First introduced in the National Era in 1851 as a serial novel, it caught the attention of many because of its ability to grip the reader’s attention and have them of the edge of their seat. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was later published as a novel in 1852 and quickly became a bestseller. Although the serial novel was able to grip the reader’s attention, the novel form of Uncle Tom’s Cabin was more effective in terms of reaching the masses which in turn led to questioning the morals of slavery. Initially published as weekly installments in the National Era, an abolitionist newspaper, Uncle Tom’s Cabin instantly caught the attention of many. With her riveting narrative of the fictitious character Uncle Tom and by ending the weekly installments on a cliffhanger, she was able to entice the audience and keep them returning for more. The serialized version became very popular on a national level, but it wasn’t until the literature was published as a novel did it become an international success. The publication as a novel was mass produced in a multitude of countries including Great Britain, Europe, and Asia, as well as over 60 languages (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”). At this time Uncle Tom’s Cabin was widely read from poor to rich, to the United States to Asia and everywhere in between, thus becoming the bestselling book in the 19th century, second only to the Bible (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, Wiki). The accessibility of the novel helped to influence sales, as well as Stowe’s popularity making her an iconic figure known worldwide. The novel was especially popular in Britain and had a major impact, even so that the British people made it difficult for its government to support Confederacy during the Civil War, even though there
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