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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - David S. Reynolds
Is "Uncle Tom's Cabin" the most influential work of fiction ever written in America? In all likelihood, yes. Not only was it an overwhelming best-seller - more than 300,000 copies were sold in the year after its publication - but it addressed the most divisive issue in the country: slavery.
Because Lenin and his wife once escaped their czarist pursuers across an ice-filled sound, Mr. Reynolds asks, rhetorically, "Did 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' save Lenin's life and thus make possible the October Revolution of 1917?"
Mr. Reynolds, a historian who has written extensively on the period leading up to the Civil War, observes that Uncle Tom's Cabin "flowed from Stowe's deepest religious convictions, bringing many of them together in this single work."