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The long fight against American slavery produced some of the most powerful autobiographies and works of fiction in American history. This four-evening book discussion series offers the chance to learn about, read, and informally discuss classics of the period by men and women, both black and white, who were central figures in the struggle to destroy race slavery in the United States.
Join Richard Bell, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park, for short and vivid lectures about each work, followed by an inclusive discussion driven by comments and questions. Participants should read the featured book before the session. Sherry and cookies are available for refreshment.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The best-selling book of the 19th century, Stowe’s 1852 novel of plantation life is an adventure story, a romance, a sentimental tear-jerker, and a missionary tract all rolled into one. Readers either loved it or hated it, and many people then and now believe its publication brought the nation to the brink of civil war.
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Listen to Richard Bell’s interview on the Not Old Better podcast with host Paul Vogelzang.
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