The National Era
April 1, 1852
Volume 5, number 23–volume 6, whole number 231–272
John Greenleaf Whittier’s abolitionist weekly is best known for its original serialization of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The novel had profound effect on how Americans viewed slavery and was a catalyst of the Civil War. The success of its magazine appearance inspired a book publisher, John P. Jewett, to ask Stowe to publish the story in book form which, after the Bible, became the best-selling book of the nineteenth century.