Batlimore: Henry McCaffrey, 1853.
Soft Cover. 12.75” x 9.75”; disbound with the front cover separated; 5 pages.~~Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was surpassed only by the Bible as the bestselling book of the 19th century. It was an abolitionist tract in every way, and accelerating the anti-slavey movement -- and was naturally banned in many Southern locales. It spawned many reactions, among the this 1853 song, “Aunt Harriet Becha Stowe”, written for Kunkel’s Nightingale Opera Troupe.~~The song was printed in Baltimore, in many ways more a Southern than a Northern city when it came to matters of race.~~It was not uncommon for minstrel and minstrel-type shows like Kunkel’s traveling troupe to defend slavery in a “humorous” manner. “Aunt Harriet Becha Stowe” makes specific reference to abolition, the fugitive slave law, Stowe traveling to England, Lady Sutherland (a leader in the British abolitionist movement), New York City as inhospitable to black (safer for slaves to return “Virginny”), etc.~~The piece is ironically dedicated “To the Readers of Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.~~~~.
Very Good binding.