The Happy Home and Parlor Magazine
Boston: July 1858


TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION. Father Hanson's story of his own life. With an introduction by Mrs. H. B. Stowe. 12 mo. pp. 212. Boston: J. P. Jewett & Co.

  Father Hanson is said to be the veritable Uncle Tom in Mrs Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Whether this be so or not, it is a remarkable life. We have read it with as much interest and profit, as we did Uncle Tom's Cabin. The book is written by himself in a lucid, pleasant style, and thus becomes in itself a monument of the tact, genius, and perseverance of a man who worked his way from the degradation of slavery up to intelligence, eloquence, and distinguished honor. His life is a striking illustration of the pursuit of knowledge under difficulties. It deserves to be read as widely as Uncle Tom's Cabin, of which he is said to be the remarkable hero.