what really was Uncle Tom's Cabin?
Uncle Tom's Cabin outraged people in the American South. The novel was also roundly criticized by slavery supporters. Acclaimed Southern novelist William Gilmore Simms declared the work utterly false, while others called the novel criminal and slanderous. Reactions ranged from a bookseller in Mobile, Alabama, who was forced to leave town for selling the novel to threatening letters sent to Stowe. Many southern writers, like Simms, soon wrote their own books in opposition to Stowe's novel. that as an account of slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin was wholly false, or at least wildly exaggerated.