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On the anti-slavery imagination

Summary

Albert J. Raboteau sums up the contribution of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Summary

Albert J. Raboteau sums up the contribution of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Transcript

Harriet Beecher Stowe, who, of course, wrote the book that Lincoln called the book that caused the Great War, was moved by her faith to translate her anti-slavery feelings into a fictional narrative that she hoped would have a major impact upon people’s view of slavery, that would humanise it, would allow people to imagine what it would be like to be a slave. And indeed, she succeeded masterfully in that with Uncle Tom’s Cabin.