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, January 7, 2015

Human Trafficking is World's Fastest Growing Crime; What will you do?

Though considerable organizations and campaigns have been levied in recent years to raise awareness on global human trafficking, it remains the world's fastest growing crime.  The International Labor Organization estimated that there are currently 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.  

To learn more about trafficking and ways to get involved, check out these organizations:

Polaris Project


The Project to End Human Trafficking

When discussing slavery, conversation is often set in the context of American history and the Civil War. Yet, slavery still exists today. What does it mean to be a modern day abolitionist? Does the way we teach history, specifically about slavery, impair students to take action on the issue today? How can we connect the abolitionist fight of the past to the fight of the present? 

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