According to contemporary notices, this was probably the best-selling "anti-Tom" novel (though it sold between 20,000 and 30,000 copies, to 300,000 for Uncle Tom's Cabin). Please read the linked chapters listed below -- or if you want to read more, use the lefthand link on our class homepage. And I'd like you to do one other piece of work for Monday's class -- create your own list of links by going to the UTC site's SEARCH ENGINE and searching the site for these keywords: Eastman and "Aunt Phillis." There are several reviews and other responses to Eastman's novel in the archive; reading them will help us locate it in the larger cultural and political context.
After the list of chapters I've listed the other "Anti-Tom Novels" that you've signed up to report on for Wednesday's class. If you decide to read an unchosen one instead of the one your name is next to, just let me know so I can update the list. (You should also search the UTC site for any responses to the novel you're reading for Wednesday. There aren't reviews for all of them, but there are for some.)
And don't forget to proofread your reviews -- they're all available at THIS LINK. And if you have a chance, look at the reviews your classmates have written, and don't be shy about letting them know your responses.
Aunt Phillis's Cabin; or, Southern Life As It Is
By Mary Henderson Eastman
(Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co, 1852)