Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published on this day in 1852. It first appeared as a 40-week serial.
At the time of its release, the book served as an abolitionist tool. It became the highest-selling book of the nineteenth century. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was really the first political novel of its kind, and paved the way for popular and accessible protest literature.