Frederick Douglass's Paper
Unsigned Reprint
Rochester: 10 June 1853

Uncle Tom's Cabin.

[From the Commonwealth.]

  The pro-slavery press of the North has been unwearied in illustrating its meanness, by publishing vile articles on this work, articles in which Mrs. Stowe has been assailed as a "liar" and "slandered," by men who seem capable of engaging in this sort of scoundrelism, without scruple. Not one of these pro-slavery writers dare undertake to specify a single falsehood in her book.

  That some southern men should be anxious to hide from the world the enormities of slavery, is not surprising. Yet there are some southern papers which speak with frankness. Here is a notice of Uncle Tom's Cabin, from the Atlanta (Ga.) Republican—We commend it to the consideration of the pro-slavery press in this quarter.

  "We had been prepared to find every slaveholder turned into a fiend or monster, and every abolitionist rendered a saint; but not so; with the exceptions of a few characters and incidents, which are served up according to the license of true fiction, it is a portrait, honorable to slaveholders, and rebuking to the crocodile sympathies of abolitionism. It is emphatically, to our mind, a two-edged sword, that cuts both ways."

  The deliberate falsifiers of the northern press had given this southern editor his erroneous notion of the book, which was so effectually dissipated by a careful perusal of it.

  The Atlanta Republican says, "The book has more the spirit of the missionary than of the abolitionist," and comments on its, "fairness" at considerable length. Many of the Southern people have, in the same way, been as grossly misled as to the character and purposes of northern anti-slavery men, concerning whom the venomous pro-slavery writers cannot afford to speak truth.

  But they cannot control the judgment of the next generations. They cannot change that movement of the world which will crush their lies and fling them aside to moulder with the rubbish of the past. The servile N.Y. Express has discovered that "slavery must stand discussion," for discussion cannot be suppressed nor disarmed by the system of falsification hitherto employed against it.—Commonwealth