Frederick Douglass's Paper
Unsigned Reprint
Rochester: 27 January 1854

"Uncle Tom" in School

[From the Jeffersonian Democrat.]

  This work of Mrs. Stowe's seems to be applied to various uses, now-a-days, not only as an interesting fire-side companion, and an exciting play in our Theatres—where the different phases of the system of Slavery are vividly portrayed in life-like colors—but is, in reality being introduced into Schools as a text book.

  Mr. Denton of this place, who is engaged in a district school at Hambden, in this county, has introduced this work as a reading book in the higher classes, and with marked effect. The old reading books, he informs me, had become stale, monotonous, and devoid of interest to his pupils, from long and habitual use, and he wisely concluded to adopt "Uncle Tom." The plan has proved entirely successful—the interest in the thrilling story rivets the attention, while, as a text book, all the important principles of reading are fully given and easily comprehended. Not only is this work a useful reading book, but it contains sentiments that instill into the susceptible minds of the pupils an instinctive love of liberty, and hatred of all oppression. Success to "Uncle Tom" in our nurseries of learning, and honor to our friend Denton for being the pioneer in its introduction.—Jeffersonian Democrat.