It’s the third week of Women History Month and it’s another ‘on this day’ post. Today’s event is about a book. But it also keeps in the theme of previous posts because of the author. So, did you know that on this day in 1852 the novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published?
Harriet Beecher Stowe, an active abolitionist, wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” And it was published on March 20, 1852. It became a worldwide best-selling book of the 19th century. The overarching theme of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was the evils of slavery.
Despite it’s anti-slavery theme, the novel itself has been attacked for creating racial stereotypes. Even the titular hero of the story “Uncle Tom” is coined as a derisive term for an African-American who'd sold out.
Personally, I’ve never read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Although it had been brought up many times in the classroom. But I have read and love Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” A book that is frequently challenged and banned for offensive language and racism. Funny enough both books were instrumental in shaping America. And funnier still, Harriet Beecher Stowe once lived next door to Mark Twain.
You can find “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and other works by the author works on Goodreads as well.
And here’s another shoutout to another amazing woman who happened to be born today:
Happy Birthday! Pamela Harriman, devoted herself to Democratic Party politics and fund raising after death of husband Averell, first woman to be named Ambassador to France (1993) where she used her social skills to be a facilitator and build good relationships with the media and local power structure.
You can gather more resources and information for Women's History Month from the National Women's History Project: Writing Women Back Into History.
PS. The response to my “30 Days of Poetry Love” blog project for National Poetry Month is amazing. I didn’t think I’d get so many willing participants. Originally I was vying to host guest blog posts by other poets to feature on a daily basis. But a fellow Scribophile member inspired me to do a questionnaire instead. Now I have poetry interviews reserved for ⅔ of April. For those who hasn't returned their questionnaire, I've sent reminders. If you haven't received them, I urge you to check your spam/junk folders just in case. Or contact me. National Poetry Month is just 12 days away.