Harriet Beecher Stowe's blockbuster novel changed the heated debate about slavery in the U.S. before the Civil War. She showed the good and the bad in real people's lives, drawn from people she'd met or heard about. Was it a great novel? Uncle Tom's Cabin (ISBN 978-0-94220854-2) had flaws, but from a busy housewife Harriet became an international celebrity, and a leading voice in the politics of the day, as was her brother Henry Ward Beecher.
This Supplement Edition: Uncle Tom's Cabin, provides background about the time, about Harriet, words or usages that are no longer in fashion, material drawn in part from a companion volume, The Beechers Through the Nineteenth Century (ISBN 978-0-942208-44-3), which is the transcript of a long-running radio play based on the many members of the Beecher family and their national influence in the Antebellum years.