Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachersby Jean Fritz
Harriet Beecher Stowe grew up in a family in which her seven brothers were expected to be successful preachers and the four girls were never to speak in public. But slavery made Harriet so angry she couldn't keep quiet. Although she used a pen rather than her voice to convince people of the evils of slavery, she became more famous than any of her brothers. She… See more details below
Harriet Beecher Stowe grew up in a family in which her seven brothers were expected to be successful preachers and the four girls were never to speak in public. But slavery made Harriet so angry she couldn't keep quiet. Although she used a pen rather than her voice to convince people of the evils of slavery, she became more famous than any of her brothers. She firmly believed that words could make change, and by writing Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe hastened the Civil War and changed the course of America history. "Readable and engrossing." The Horn Bookn"Fritz writes with verve and wit....Many kids will be stimulated to go on from here to find out more." Booklist (boxed review)
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Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.
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Jean Fritz is a wonderful author of both fiction (e.g., Early Thunder, The Cabin Faced West, and Brady) and biography (e.g., The Double Life of Pocahontas). Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of America's most famous authors, and her Uncle Tom's Cabin is still in almost every list of the ten top books that have changed the world. Mrs. Stowe's father, Lyman Beecher, and her brother, Henry Ward Beecher, were among America's most popular preachers in each of their times. Her husband Calvin Stowe was, unfortunately, instrumental in helping Horace Mann bring the Prussian model of public education to America. Fritz tells the story of Harriet, from her youth, through her marriage, work in the anti-slavery movement, and the Civil War era, to her later life of fame and fortune, weaving information about the lives of her father, mother (who died early in her life), two step-mothers, brothers, sisters, and children into the story. One interesting lesson that can be seen from the book is how one extreme may often lead to another. The strict predestinarian Calvinism of Lyman Beecher played a very formative role in the liberal social gospel of Henry Ward and in even stranger theological phenomena among some of the other Beecher preachers. We did this as a family read aloud and everyone found it very interesting.