The Honors College has issued a single book, six week reading challenge. Here it is: Read Harriet Beecher Stowe's incomparable classic, Uncle Tom's Cabin this summer.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was published
in 1852. Set primarily in the slave-owning American south, the novel
is credited with giving birth to the civil war, because of
its moving depictions of the lives of slaves.
Stowe herself, a Connecticut schoolteacher, was an ardent abolitionist. Born June 14, 1811, in Litchfield, Connecticut, Harriet Beecher was the seventh of thirteen children.
In 1836 she married Calvin Stowe. The couple participated in the Underground Railway, and hid fugitive slaves in their home.
They moved to Brunswick Maine, which is where Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. It was published in weekly installments beginning in June, 1851 and continuing through April, 1852. The book was published March 20, 1852 and sold an astonishing 300,000 copies within a year.
In November, 1862, after the start of the Civil War, Stowe and her family traveled to Washington, D.C., where they met President Abraham Lincoln.
Harriet Beecher Stowe died July 1, 1896, in Hartford, Connecticut, from a form of dementia believed to have been Alzheimer's Disease.