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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Dominion of Conscience

  • Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences 307 High Street Mount Holly, NJ, 08060 United States (map)

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Dominion of Conscience - Presented by Kim Hanley

In 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe published her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly. This empathetic depiction of life for African Americans under slavery reached millions in the United States and the United Kingdom.  The emotionally charged stories of Uncle Tom, Eliza, and Little Eva helped move the conscience of the country to the great and imperative cause of Abolitionism.  It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the pro-slavery South.  It is alleged that when she met Abraham Lincoln, he told her “So you are the little woman that wrote the book that started this great war.”