Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers Topics for Discussion

Jean Fritz
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1. Why would Fritz abruptly end her biography of Stowe after the end of the Civil War?

2. How does the "Afterword" help you to better understand Stowe's life? What does it leave you wondering about?

3. How did Stowe's family influence her life and her work? How did Stowe benefit from being a Beecher? How was being a Beecher a disadvantage for her?

4. Why was Stowe at first disappointed with President Lincoln? What happened during their meeting that changed her mind?

5. Why were some Southerners angry about Uncle Tom's Cabin when it was first published?

6. Why would the phrase "an Uncle Tom" become a pejorative slur used against some African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s?

7. Was Stowe "the best preacher of them all"? How does Fritz show this?

8. Does Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers show why some feminists would have ambivalent feelings...

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