The next stop on the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is the state of Kentucky.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Helped lay the groundwork for the American Civil War
The best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States and one million copies were sold in Great Britain.
Having run up large debts, a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby faces the prospect of losing everything he owns. Though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, have a kindhearted and affectionate relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise money by selling two of his slaves to Mr. Haley, a coarse slave trader. The slaves in question are Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children on the farm, and Harry, the young son of Mrs. Shelby’s maid Eliza. When Shelby tells his wife about his agreement with Haley, she is appalled because she has promised Eliza that Shelby would not sell her son.
Directed by Harry Pollard
Margarita Fischer - Eliza
James B. Lowe - Uncle Tom
Arthur Edmund Carewe - George Harris
George Siegmann - Simon Legree
Eulalie Jensen - Cassie
Mona Ray - Topsy
Virginia Grey - Eva St. Clare
Lassie Lou Ahern - Little Harry
Lucien Littlefield - Lawyer Marks
Jack Mower - Mr. Shelby
Vivien Oakland - Mrs. Shelby
Directed by Stan Lathan
Avery Brooks as Uncle Tom
Phylicia Rashad as Eliza
Edward Woodward as Simon Legree
,Jenny Lewis as Evangeline 'Little Eva' St. Claire
Samuel L. Jackson as George
Endyia Kinney as Topsy
Kate Burton as Ophelia
Bruce Dern as Augustine St. Claire
George Coe as Mr. Shelby
Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
First appeared as a 40-week serial in The National Era,
an abolitionist periodical, starting on June 5, 1851
Six full-page illustrations by Hammatt Billings engraved for the first printing.
Published in book form on March 20, 1852