Lead:  One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Uncle Tom’s Cabin sold millions of copies, North and South, and around the world. It drew upon Harriet Beecher Stowe’s personal experience with escapees while living in Ohio but also the slave narrative of Josiah Henson. It was clearly a work of fiction, but the author had a knack of advancing a compelling storyline and the ability to make her characters either winsome and appealing, such as the Christ-figure Uncle Tom or utterly loathsome such as the transplanted Yankee Louisiana overseer, Simon Legree.

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