Who’s Your Mammy?

“The Help” didn’t get quite as much love as expected at this year’s Academy Awards, but it was one of the more popularly beloved, acclaimed and successful Hollywood films of 2011 (as adapted from the best-selling Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name). One noteworthy dissenting voice has been from Melissa Harris-Perry, the acclaimed in […]

Stowe Student Prize 2012: Final Week

In the tradition of Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose Uncle Tom’s Cabin had a huge impact on society and culture, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center offers a biennial prize for “outstanding writing by United States high school and college students that motivates positive action for social justice.” The deadline is just a week away, on Monday, […]

Black History Month

Today marks the start of African-American History Month. Quite appropriately, the majority of events and activities celebrate the many contributions of African-Americans to the history of our nation. But just as appropriately, it is also a time to reflect on the history of African-Americans in the story of our nation. The new Smithsonian National Museum […]


200 years ago, on June 14, 1811 Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born. The sixth of eleven children of the prominent clergyman, the Reverend Lyman Beecher, all seven of her brothers became ministers, but her calling was to the written word. 160 years ago, on June 5, 1851, the paper The National Era published the first […]

“Uncle Tom was no Uncle Tom”

Steve Simms has had a revelation: I Actually Read, Uncle Tom’s Cabin When I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin … I was shocked to learn that Uncle Tom was no Uncle Tom. He was not weak or servile. He was not a wimp. He didn’t cooperate with his owners for selfish reasons or for personal advantage. […]

Did “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Start the Civil War?

That’s the question asked in today’s NY Daily News by David Reynolds, distinguished professor at CUNY and author of the upcoming “Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America” and the editor of “Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Splendid Edition.” This year marks both the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of […]

WOMEN’S HISTORY MYSTERY: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Although February was Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month, it is almost impossible to find Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin among the works featured for study in schools throughout this country. Ironically, Hofstra’s curricular guide to “New York and Slavery” lists Henry W. Beecher, Harriet’s father, among those worthy of study, […]

Uncle Tom and Dr. Kay Scarpetta

One is a black man, a slave on a plantation in the 19th century; the other a white woman in the 21st century, a medical examiner fighting crime as a forensic detective. What could this odd couple possibly have in common? For one, they are both the fictional creations of phenomenally successful women authors, whose […]

Why Study Uncle Tom’s Cabin?

2011 is the bicentennial of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Which makes it a very big year for Uncle Tom’s Cabin! Our DVD will be useful to people of all ages, but we think it can be especially valuable to secondary school-aged kids and their […]

Merry Christmas Uncle Tom

I found two fun, interesting Christmas references to Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the web today: one from the 1860s and one from the 1960s. First, published on this very day 150 years ago – Dec 26, 1860 – is a pretty entertaining piece in the New York Times about Christmas in Brooklyn. (That would be […]