Meet Harriet Beecher
Stowe, portrayed by Ellen Pope
Faculty, staff, and students will have the
opportunity to meet American abolitionist and novelist, Harriet
Beecher Stowe, portrayed by Ellen Pope, at 11:00 a.m., Monday,
February 25, in the theatre at WVU Parkersburg.
While she wrote at least ten adult novels, Harriet
Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) is predominantly known for her first,
Uncle Tom's Cabin
(1852). Begun as a serial for the Washington anti-slavery weekly,
the National Era,
it focused public interest on the issue of slavery, and was deeply
controversial. In writing the book, Stowe drew on her personal
experience: she was familiar with slavery, the antislavery movement,
and the underground railroad because Kentucky, across the Ohio River
from Cincinnati, Ohio, where Stowe had lived, was a slave state.
Following publication of the book, she became a celebrity, speaking
against slavery both in America and Europe. She wrote
A Key to Uncle Tom's
Cabin (1853) extensively documenting the realities on
which the book was based, to refute critics who tried to argue that
it was inauthentic; and published a second anti-slavery novel,
in1856. In 1862, when she visited President Lincoln, legend claims
that he greeted her as "the little lady who made this big war”-- the
war between the states.
The February 25 program is sponsored by the WVU
Parkersburg Social Justice Committee in observance of Black History
Month. It is free and open to the public.