The Perils of Reading: Samuel Green and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

Archives of Maryland: Documents for the Classroom


image from William Still's book
Purpose: Samuel Green, a Dorchester County Maryland free man of color, was arrested and jailed for possession of  Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  These documents explore freedom of speech and of the press in a slave state during the 1850s.  See:  R. Blondo, "Samuel Green: A Black Life in Antebellum Maryland," an unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Maryland, 1988, upon which this document packet is based.
William Still. The Underground Railroad.
(Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872), p. 250.




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