This is a poster advertising the play Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The play was based on a book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. She saw a slave auction in Maysville, Kentucky and became a strong opponent of slavery. In her book, she told the story of the daily lives of slaves. The book and the play made many Northerners want to end slavery. When Stowe met Abraham Lincoln, he supposedly said, “so you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”
This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.