Saturday, November 8, 2008

Voices Against Slavery - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Voices Against Slavery - Part 8
Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. It was originally published in 1851 as a swerial story for the Washington anti-slavery newspaper, the National Era. Uncle Tom's Cabin was a story that described the physical and emotional abuse of enslaved people. It also showed the bravery, resistance to slavery and Christian faith of many enslaved African Americans. The book was an instant best seller, and made Beecher Stowe a celebrity. She was invited to Britain and other European countries to speak against slavery.

Harriet was heavily criticised for this book. Some people said that she had lied about the condition of enslaved people in the South. She wrote another book A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin to show that her story was based on fact.

When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 he said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War!" Uncle tom's Cabin inspired people to demand freedom for all Americans."

p. 118 of Voices Against Slavery - by Catherine House


Mrs. Stowe was a housewife with 6 children to care for. Yet, God put it on her heart to use her writing skills to make public the plight of slaves in America. She had the support of her husband, her brother, her sister, and all of her family.

Here is a bit of what she said:

"It matters little what service He has for me. I do not mean to live in vain. He has given me talents, and I will lay them at his feet, well satisfied, if He will accept them."

May these words inspire all of us to devote our lives to God and His service.

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