Uncle Toms' Cabin: Reading the Best Seller We All Think We Know But Likely Don't -- Dick Miller
Tuesday February 18, 2020 10am - 12pm
History Center of San Luis Obispo
$4 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members
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Except for the Bible, Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly (1852) was the best-selling book of the nineteenth century. On meeting the author in 1862, Abraham Lincoln reputedly said, So this is the little lady who started this great war." Stowes immensely popular novel also quickly went on the popular stage, where actors created indelibly caricatured stereotypes of Uncle Tom and other Black folk.
Americans have long mis-remembered what Mrs. Stowe actually wrote. African slavery in the American south was her focus, but not her most pointed theme. This two-hour book discussion class will explore what bothered Mrs. Stowe most about American society, and why her critique was too radical for most Americans to address. Yet the issues she raised still resonate. After nearly 170 years Uncle Toms Cabin remains a timely and remarkably good read.
Please read Uncle Toms Cabin before you come to class. As you do, please ponder the following questions: According to Mrs. Stowe, whats the worst thing about African slavery? Why, for her purposes, is it essential that her arch-villain, Simon Legree, be a northerner?
Copies of Uncle Toms Cabin are everywhere available in print and online editions.
Dick Miller, a an academic historian in recovery, often takes and teaches LLCC courses.
If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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