Uncle Tom's Cabin Covers

It's easy to judge one thing about Stowe's book from its covers: Uncle Tom's Cabin was popular with a lot of different generations and classes of readers. At left, the way it first appeared -- you can click on that cover, or any of the others on this page, to see a larger image. Below, drawn from the collections of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and Special Collections at the University of Virginia, a few examples only of the the hundreds of covers the book wore between 1852 and 1930.