“Uncle Tom's Cabin,” a book which it took twenty years of Abolition to make the soil for. “Uncle Tom's Cabin” appeared in 1852 and is to-day our key to that whole epoch: but the vision of that book was in the heart of the Anti-slavery people long before.
They gave that vision to the world; they gave it to Harriet Beecher
The pictures and thoughts of “Uncle Tom's Cabin” were sown into the mind of Harriet Beecher
as a child; the emotion of it was generated in 1829.
And so the early instinct to put down this whole movement as a servile insurrection had justification in fact.
As a general rule servile insurrections are put down by officials; by judges, sheriffs and troops.
Historic reasons made this course not feasible at the North
Therefore the deluded upper classes of Boston
, who had thrown in their fortunes with slavery, did what all determined men do when law fails them — they took the field personally.
The women who marched through the rioters trembled with antagonism, if not with fear.
One of them wrote afterwards:
When we emerged into the open daylight, there went up a roar of rage and contempt, which increased when they saw that we did not intend to separate, but walked