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Reading Uncle Tom's Cabin: Uncle Tom's Cabin Reading Challenge, Summer 2016

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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.

Here’s how to sign up and participate (all are welcome):

  1. Email the following message to  “UTC – Jim, I’m In”.
  2. Read this classic book between now (July 16th) and the start of classes (Sept 1st). 
  3. When you finish the book, notify me via email: “Jim, I finished UTC”.

Then come to our discussion session in the fall if you can make it.

Select the  Additional Writing Challenge tab above. Perhaps this is for you.

If your schedule permits, attend the Uncle Tom’s Cabin Discussion Session to be held
in September (Date and Time: TBD). The discussion will be led by UMass Lowell English Professor (and campus MVP), Dr. Melissa Pennell. The location of this discussion session will be the Aristotle Room located in the Honors Suite (3rd Floor, O’Leary). If you attend the session, you can write it up to fulfill an E1 requirement.

You can do this! This is an important book for you to add to your inventory. Now is the time. Let’s pack the Aristotle Room.  Jump in.

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 

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.