Landmark Event - Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Life Among the Lowly is published, 1852.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel exposed Northerners to the cruelty of slavery. It became the best selling book of the 19th century, and increased sectional tensions.


A fragment of Lincoln's writing on the role of government and liberty in society.

7/1/1854?The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not so well do for themselves-in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.FT 27