Mightier than the Sword: The Legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, October 1 – November 12

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This class has been cancelled.
Led by Rob Prince Obey

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin became a cultural phenomenon soon after it first appeared in the National Era abolitionist newspaper in June 1851, and it has remained an important, although complicated, literary landmark. Using a wealth of historical materials culled from the archives of theater, music, film, and literature, the seminar will reveal why Uncle Tom’s Cabin is considered the most influential novel in American literature and what the cultural legacy of this iconic work reveals about the American pursuit of social justice and equality for all. Please read the introduction to The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin for the first session. Many course materials for this class, including a reading for the first class will be distributed through an online portal.

Rob Prince Obey holds a PhD in American culture from Bowling Green State University. He was awarded a 2013 Andrew Mellon Summer Fellowship from the University of Chicago to begin researching a book on the African American reception of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Seven sessions, $200.