A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin is a book by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was published to document the veracity of the depiction of slavery in Stowe's anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). First published in 1853, this book also provides insights into Stowe's own views on slavery. After the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), Southerners accused the author Harriet Beecher Stowe of misrepresenting slavery. In order to show that she had neither lied about slavery nor exaggerated the plight of enslaved people, Stowe compiled A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853).