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, February 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, President Lincoln!

Today marks the 205th birthday of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is known, among other things, for serving as President during the American Civil War and for authoring the Emancipation Proclamation.
Family lore tells that when Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, he called her "the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war," crediting Uncle Tom's Cabin as a motivator for the outbreak of the Civil War. Stowe visited Lincoln at the White House to encourage him to sign his September 1862 draft of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
For more on Lincoln, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library website. 

Statue of Harriet Beecher Stowe meeting Abraham Lincoln in December 1862
Hartford, CT Riverfront

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