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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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Honoring the anniversary of Harriet Beecher Stowe's passing

Mrs. Stowe lived all her active life in high thoughts and in high companionship. Her sympathies were always with the oppressed, she was always the champion of intellectual and religious freedom. Whatever rank she will finally assume in the world of letters, it is evident that history must hold her one of the great influencers in her generation. 
- Hartford Courant, July 2, 1896

On July 1, 1896, at around 12 o'clock noon, Harriet Beecher Stowe passed away in her Hartford home on Forest Street. Her death sparked the publication of obituaries and editorials across the country which reflected on her life and work and paid tribute to her lasting impact on the world.

As we honor the anniversary of Stowe's passing, we'd like to know how you emulate her commitment to improving the world. What is the issue that will push or has pushed you to take action? We encourage you to share an issue you care about below, and how you will honor Stowe's memory and create positive change today. What will you do? 

No wonder that she touched the human heart. No wonder she moved a nation's conscience. So do a few brief words show the power with which Harriet Beecher Stowe roused the conscience of a nation and made ready the way for the great deliverance. We may not have her gift of nature...we may not have her genius, but we can all have that which was greatest of all in her - a love that sees and plans, a love to reaches out to every loving soul, a love that counts not its life dear...but gladly lays down life for those it loves.
- Hartford Courant, July 23, 1896

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