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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Friday, March 20, 2015

163rd Anniversary of Uncle Tom's Cabin

On March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's famed anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was first published. The novel, detailing the stories of enslaved characters Tom, Eliza, and George, transcended time and place, becoming an international hit and literary classic. More than just a book, Stowe's words served as a call to action to readers to recognize and ultimately take up the abolitionist cause. Stowe's novel caused such a stir that President Lincoln declared to Stowe "So you're the little woman who started this great war." The great war being the U.S. Civil War, fought over slavery, and the trigger of the war being, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

What books have caused you to change your views? What about films, television shows, or movies? Why do you think Uncle Tom's Cabin made such an impact? 

Have you read Uncle Tom's Cabin? If not come over to the Stowe Center to pick up a copy in our museum store. Then head out on a tour of the Stowe House to learn about what led Stowe to write the book as well as its historical and contemporary impact. 

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