We at the Stowe Center will be taking part in Read Across America Day, by highlighting the impact of one of our favorite books Uncle Tom's Cabin. Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin galvanized readers across the United States to get involved in the fight against slavery. Today, the book provides a platform for critical conversations on slavery, representation, and the continued fight for racial justice. Beyond Uncle Tom's Cabin, there are many other books that inspire readers to take action on issues of justice. Books like 12 Years a Slave, The Fire Next Time, Beloved, and even The Lorax all contribute to important conversations and action around social justice.
What is your favorite book? What book has made you change your mind on an issue or inspired you to act? Take the pledge to Read Across America and let us know how you will be celebrating in the comments!