David S. Reynolds: "Mightier than the Sword"

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David S. Reynolds: "Mightier than the Sword"

On the 200th birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a look at the influence of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

June 14 is the 200th birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe. When President Lincoln first met the author, he reportedly said-- Is this the little woman who made this great war? Nobody knows for sure. But, her novel, "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," helped galvanize anti-slavery sentiment in the lead-up to the Civil War. The book’s engaging and emotional story made its antislavery message accessible to nineteenth century readers. In his new book, "Mightier Than the Sword," author David S. Reynolds examines the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, and he looks at how the novel changed American society and sparked social change around the world.

Guests

David Reynolds

professor of English and American Studies at the City University of New York; author of "Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America"

Read an Excerpt

Reprinted from "Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America" by David S. Reynold. Copyright (c) 2011 by David S. Reynold. Used with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.:

Full Text: Uncle Tom's Cabin

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