The National Era
Unsigned Article
Washington, D.C.: 1 June 1854





  The successful performance of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at the National Theatre, in this city, two afternoons every week, and every evening in the week except that of Sunday, for nearly a year, together with representations at other theatres, is alluded to as a remarkable sign of the times. Thousands of young men and women have here shed abundance of tears and repeatedly testified their approbation by tumultuous applause, at the delineation of scenes and the utterance of sentiments which, twenty years since, provoked some of their fathers to a breach of the peace and violent assaults upon abolitionists. It is hoped that no lover of theatrical performances will ever be able to say with truth that the stage has proved itself far in advance of the pulpit in its disapprobation of Slavery, and its love of Freedom.

  Notice is taken of the labors of the gifted author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and her Letter to the Ladies' New Anti-Slavery Society of Glasgow, giving an account of the Slavery question in this country, and her address to the women of the free States of America, on the present crisis in our country; and the hope is expressed that these documents will be widely circulated, and stir up the women of this country to emulate one who has done so much to arouse the sympathy of the people of this country on behalf of the down-trodden, and to stimulate her countrywomen to efforts for their deliverance from unjust bondage. . . .