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Ebook Palmetto Leaves by Harriet Beecher Stowe read! Book Title: Palmetto Leaves
Date of issue: April 5th 1999
ISBN: 0813016932
ISBN 13: 9780813016931
The author of the book: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 628 KB
Edition: University Press of Florida

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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 As a historical document, this obscure work is probably better than her more famous one.

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Ebook Palmetto Leaves read Online! Harriet 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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