Mar 20, 1852: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is published.
Did Harriet Beecher Stowe influence history ……….. that is a point argued still today.
Her influence on war is debatable; her influence on the minds of readers cannot be denied.
In the 1800’s, it was not unusual for families to gather around in a dimly lit room to listen as one read a treasured new book aloud.
Reading a newspaper report about some distant abolitionist meeting might momentarily spark one’s interest; but reading the story of skillfully crafted characters who enter your mind and heart with each page, in the intimacy of your home, will have an everlasting affect. You cheer for their triumphs; you mourn for their sufferings.
How did these characters affect Stowe’s readers……..well, the evils of slavery weren’t something so easily brushed off one’s shoulders…..Holding a book close to one’s heart makes the movement of words upon that heart a plausible occurrence.
Read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” then, form your own opinion.