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The cast of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' 1899
The cast of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" 1899

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Uncle Tom's Cabin Appeared in Serial Form
June 5, 1851

Uncle Tom's Cabin was often produced as a play, so that many people who did not read the book saw it as a powerful stage drama. Although, especially at first, white actors usually played the African American parts in blackface, some productions starred African-American actors and singers. At least seven silent-film versions of Uncle Tom's Cabin had been made by 1927. The 1970 film version stars African-American actress Eartha Kitt.

The book, with its memorable characters, remains powerful today. Pick up a copy and read Uncle Tom's Cabin for yourself.

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