From the cover: In 1852, Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was an overnight sensation. Over time, it sold millions of copies and became the second most translated book after the Bible. Yet, arguably, it's most enduring impact on our society and culture came not from the novel, but from the many staged versions which crossed this country, and traveled abroad. Gradually, the play was sensationalized, the characters caricatured. Stereotypes emerged, rooted in a racism so entrenched as to be almost unconscius, even whild being presented in the context of a story decrying the inhuman cruelty of the racist practice of slavery.
In 1982, the National Endowment for the Humanities funded this revision of George Aiken's 1852 version.