Harriet Beecher Stowe, ca. 1870s-80s (Defense Visual Information Center, War and Conflict CD Collection, ID: HDSN9901775)
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Harriet Beecher Stowe has 2 upcoming events.
Marathon Reading of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" March 19-20, Noon-10 AM
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is pleased to present its third Marathon Reading of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin
. Stowe’s book changed how Americans viewed slavery, galvanized the abolition movement, and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War.
At least 50,000 people read Uncle Tom’s Cabin in its first published form, the 41 weekly installments that appeared between June 5, 1851 and April 1, 1852 in the National Era, a Washington DC anti-slavery newspaper with a national readership. This means that Stowe's story would have been one of the most widely read 19th century American novels even if it had never been published in book form.
In today’s parlance, Stowe’s story went viral: In March, 1851, when Stowe first wrote the Era's publisher and editor to offer a story that she thought would last for three or four installments, the paper had about 15,000 subscribers. When she sent in the final installment, almost a year later, the paper had 19,000 subscribers — many of whom had written to the paper to say how much they looked forward to Friday, when the mail brought the new Era and the whole family would gather together to hear the latest chapter in the story read aloud.
Join us as we read the story aloud, much like readers of the National Era encountering the moving and inspiring tale for the first time. The Marathon Reading commemorates the story’s 1852 publishing as a book that would go on to become an international bestseller translated into dozens of languages.
A VIP traditionally kicks-off the reading which opens on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky as two enslaved people, Tom, a strong religious man, and 4-year old Harry, are sold to pay Shelby family debts. From that moment to approximately 20 hours later when Harry and his mother Eliza escape to Canada and Tom dies by order of Simon Legree, nearly 100 readers each will have read a short passage from the novel. Some will have read in foreign languages, followed by that same passage in English. At the end, some hardy souls will have stayed for the whole adventure.
Volunteer to read aloud from this moving and inspiring tale just as thousands did in 19th-century parlors. As Uncle Tom's Cabin is widely read internationally, we encourage people from both inside and outside the U.S. to volunteer to read in languages other than English. If you can't be here in person, you can read via Skype. Sign up for a 10-minute reading – in English or other languages including signing: 860-522-9258, ext. 302 or Info@StoweCenter.org.
Theater Groups: Volunteer to reenact a scene from the book.
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Listen to the live stream at HarrietBeecherStowe.org.
With thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: The Hartford (thalassophile)… (more)
Panel discussion: The Activism of Isabella Beecher Hooker
Harriet Beecher Stowe
’s fascinating younger sister, Isabella Beecher Hooker
, was a revolutionary who fought for women’s right to vote. Daughter of one of the most high-powered American families of the 19th century, Isabella’s “wild streak” was unfavorable in the eyes of a Hartford society that valued restraint and duty. Join us for a panel discussion about Hooker's activism with Stowe Center Executive Director Katherine Kane, Isabella Beecher Hooker biographer Susan Campbell and Executive Director of Connecticut's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Teresa Younger. Bring your lunch. (thalassophile)… (more)
Event location: CT Old State House 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
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Harriet Beecher of the remarkable Beecher clan attended the school for girls run by her sister Catharine. In 1836, she married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor of Biblical literature. To help support her growing family (she had 7 children), Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote short stories and ran a small school in her home. She was catapulted to fame and helped turn millions of people away from slavery with the publication of her instant bestseller Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1851. Upon meeting her in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln is alleged to have said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
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