Frederick Douglass' Paper
Unsigned Reprint
Rochester: 1 April 1853


  The Providence Jour., echoing a large number of papers whose orthodoxy would seem to consist in abusing Uncle Tom's Cabin, asserts that this famous story has done more than anything else that ever occurred, to render the United States odious to the people of Europe. We do not doubt it—just as the law makes men sinners. But it seems not to occur to those who reason thus, that it is not Mrs. Stowe's book, but the terrible facts it divulges, that create the odium. We might as well charge the gospel with actually making men sinners, because it makes their sins known, as to impute to that book the consequences which the knowledge of the facts it discloses inevitably produce. If we would escape such odium, the only effectual way would be to banish the evil. Uncle Tom's Cabin would be a very harmless affair, if its terrible pictures were mere slanders.

  In reference to Uncle Tom at home, we perceive that Messrs. Jewett & Co. Make a statement respecting the forthcoming Key to that work, that they commenced an edition of 20,000 copies of it; but that orders poured in so largely that they were obliged to increase it to 40,000. They say that at present appearances, their first edition will have to be 60,000, to meet the demands for the work in advance.—N. Y. Evangelist.