Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe compassionately describes the shameful period of slavery in America, from the households in the North to the plantations of the South. Her novel centers around the lives of Eliza, a young woman trying to rescue her son from slavery, and Uncle Tom, and a man who bears through his struggle, never losing his faith in God or humanity. Her cast of characters brings vivid emotions and ideas to the novel, which rip apart and expose the terrors of slavery.
This is indeed "the little book that started the big war," for it forever altered the history of the United States. Whether you are looking for a touching and interconnected story, or wish to gain more insight into American slavery and the historical backdrop of the civil war, Uncle Tom’s Cabin is certainly a book worth reading.
Reviewed by Priya Kshirsagar, high school writer