PLEASE READ THIS!!!! Superbly written more than 150 years ago......and by a forward thinking woman;I read it first about 50 years ago & it opened my eyes as a youngster to how black people were regarded all those years ago. My world was a different place in the 1950s, we hadn't heard of multiculturalism.......there were few black faces in my town......nevertheless I was moved & touched by this book then; now, as an old woman, I am even more touched by my recent re-reading..... the fact that America now has a black president is testament to those in this book and like minded supporters & writers & other influential thinkers in America during the period in which this book is written.. PLEASE READ THIS!!!!