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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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Consider Freedom: Reflecting on the Meaning of Independence Day" on July 5, 2013 at the Stowe Center

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, a former slave and leading abolitionist, begged the “race question” at an event in Rochester, NY, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “Fellow-citizens,” he began, “why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?”*

The Stowe Center continues to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with special readings of Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on July 5 before each tour. Join sites across southern New England as we listen to these historic speeches and consider their relevance today.

Consider Freedom:
Reflecting on the Meaning of Independence Day
Friday, July 5 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Readings before each tour
Stowe Visitor Center 
For more information, visit Consider Freedom on the Stowe Center website

  “I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle. Race is an issue this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. To work for 'a more perfect union' we need to start to understand complexities that we've never really worked through. [This] requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point.”- Barack Obama at Constitutional Hall in Philadelphia

*courtesy of MassHumanities 

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