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

This blog will expand the reach of these community conversations to the online audience. Add your posts and comments to keep the conversation going! Commit to action by clicking HERE to stay up to date on Salon and social justice news.

For updates on Stowe Center programs and events, sign up for our enews at http://harrietbeecherstowe.org/email.

Friday, January 9, 2015

#TDIH: War on Poverty

On January 8th, 1964, President Johnson declared a "war on poverty" in his annual State of the Union address. Though the number of individuals living in poverty have decreased since Johnson's speech, 16% of Americans still live below the poverty line. And while poverty remains a significant issue to the lives of many Americans, it largely remains out of public purview.

Shifting poverty rates in U.S. over 50 years 

51 years after Johnson's "war on poverty" where do we stand? How can we increase dialogue on issues of economic equality and poverty? Is there a stigma around issues of class? 

Check out these resources to get involved! 

No comments: