Main Library Book Group
Location: meeting room (2)
Most are aware of the importance of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the events that lead to the Civil War, but few consider the book’s lasting influence in shaping American culture for the next 150 years. The characters initially conceived to humanize slavery and to portray its evils were later used in the popular media to categorize the Black population as an eternal servant class. The civil rights movement begun in the 1960s and continuing into the present day in many ways endeavors to erase those stereotypes from the collective memory of a society that espouses equality and justice for all.
Join Alicia Harding, instructor in World History and Historical Archaeology at Southern Maine Community College, for a thoughtful discussion of the book and its impact on society. Tuesday, August 21st, at 5:30pm in meeting room 2 at the library’s Monument Square location. Reading the book is encouraged but not required.