“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. […]

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, […]

Twain and the “N-Word”

This week has been full of buzz about the impending publication of a new edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – one in which the the word “nigger” is to be purged and replaced with other, presumably less offensive terminology, such as “slave.” This has raised a considerable hue and cry while […]