The Liberator
Unsigned Reprint
Boston: 7 January 1853

'Uncle Tom's Cabin' Abroad.

  Mr. Kinney, formerly editor of the Newark Daily Advertiser, and now U. S. Charge at Turin, writes that 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' is producing a mischievous influence against the United States all over Europe. Everybody reads, cries over, and praises it, while, under the excitement of the hour, our country is denounced without reserve or discrimination, and with a bitterness of feeling to which the writer herself is a stranger.

  The above is one among many illustrations of the popularity of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' among the monarchical and oppressed nations of Europe, where white slavery exhibits a form as wretched and repulsive as may be seen among the blacks in any of our Southern States. This may be easily accounted for in the thrilling character of a narrative, giving as is erroneously supposed a faithful representation of the institution of slavery as existing in republican America, and appealing to the sympathies of the reader.

  Another reason may be found in the avidity with which any circumstance is seized upon abroad to cast a reproach upon a Republican government, or lead to the disunion, and hasten the breaking up of this great and powerful confederacy, which is every year more and more exciting the jealousy of European powers.—Boston Journal.