“The Abolitionists” on PBS

“Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate antislavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as […]

150 Years Young

There are so many major anniversaries around the events leading up to, and of the Civil War these days. Many of them commemorate important, but tragic events. Today we commemorate, but also celebrate, the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. We all know the name, we all remember something about it, depending […]

These are a few of her favorite things …

Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in Berlin Germany has just added a new exhibit: The girl is surrounded by some of her favorite things: magazines about the latest trends in cinema and theater and a copy of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a book she loves. A hand-sewn dress, one of the two she owns, is hanging beside […]

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 […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

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, […]