Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

#MartinLutherKingJr's thoughts on #poverty in America

51 years ago today, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his landmark I Have A Dream speech at the March on Washington. One of the nation's most iconic and revered civil rights leaders, many do not know that Dr. King he also spoke out against poverty. In 1967, he published Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, a book which advocates for a universal basic income to elevate Americans to the middle class. Jordan Weissmann's Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Solution to Poverty, published in The Atlantic, reveals the little known story of King's commitment to eliminating poverty. The video clip below feature's King's own words, in his voice, on poverty.

On this 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, what is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy today? What work still needs to be done? How can his approach to poverty issues be used to conquer the persistence of these injustices?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New @CDCgov definition draws attention to issue of #bullying in schools

As students prepare to begin another academic year, attention will again be paid to the issue of bullying in schools. The Center for Disease Control issued a new definition on bullying. The CDC defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. With this new definition, the CDC hopes to elicit community conversations and actions to combat bullying.

What do you think of this definition? Will the attention the CDC is paying to the issue of bullying help spark a larger conversation? What do you think needs to be done to reduce bullying?  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Today marks the 45th annual Women’s Equality Day, a day to commemorate the passing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and to bring attention to the continued fight for full gender equality. The day began in 1971 under the direction of Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY).

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and  
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and 
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and 
WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities, 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place. 

A Stowe House visitor reflects on Stowe and the rights of women

How will you celebrate Women’s Equality Day? In what ways was Harriet Beecher Stowe a pioneer in women’s rights? In what ways can we use Women’s Equality Day to bring light to not just gender inequality but racial, economic, and global inequalities?