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Book Title: Palmetto Leaves|
Date of issue: April 5th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780813016931
The author of the book: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 628 KB
Edition: University Press of Florida
Read full description of the books Palmetto Leaves:This was an interesting book, an account from the author most famous for Uncle Tom's Cabin, who lived in Mandarin, FL prior to its modern inclusion as just a suburb of Jacksonville. It is a collection of letters/articles throughout 1872 and describes life in North Florida at that time. It is fascinating throughout. It must be said that the last chapter, Who Works in the Field, is a difficult one for a modern liberal reader. On one hand, Stowe is responsible for a novel that got the nation talking about slavery and led to emancipation. On the other, she is a product of her time and even when she praises African Americans for their ability to learn, it sounds as condescending as if she were talking about a breed of dog. It's hard not to get angry with Stowe, and to keep in mind that Stowe represents the real picture of a 19th century Southern liberal: the belief that ALL men and women should be free, but an obvious undercurrent that also believed that the races were not equal. As a historical document, this obscure work is probably better than her more famous one.
Read information about the authorHarriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential, even in Britain. It made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North. It angered and embittered the South. The impact is summed up in a commonly quoted statement apocryphally attributed to Abraham Lincoln. When he met Stowe, it is claimed that he said, "So you're the little woman that started this great war!"
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