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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
I just finished reading Uncle Tom's Cabin to my kids (grades K, 4, 7, and 9)...and they loved it! They begged me to read more every time I picked it up! Uncle Tom's Cabin was the top selling novel during the 19th century, being the first book to sell more than a million copies. Abraham Lincoln, when meeting Harriet, said that she was the woman responsible for starting the Civil War with her book. The story follows the life of Uncle Tom, a slave who is separated from his family after being sold from one master to another. Whether the story depicted slavery accurately or not created huge debate prior to the Civil War, firing strong feelings on both sides of the issue. For grades 9-12, this book makes an excellent addition to the study of US History.
Grade Level 9 - 12
This book is required reading in Illuminations and Exploring America by Ray Notgrass.
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