Tennessee History for Kids

News of Dillingham's death was reported in this July 2, 1850, article in the [Nashville] Republican Banner.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was second best-selling book of the 19th century (following the Bible) and was translated into 20 languages by 1857, which was remarkable for its time. The novel had a profound effect on the abolitionist movement and on the way average Americans viewed slavery.

In fact, it has been widely reported that Abraham Lincoln, upon being introduced to Stowe in 1862, said she was “the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”

Bill Carey is the founder of Tennessee History for Kids, a non-profit organization that helps teachers cover social studies.