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Uncle Tom’s Cabin was Published

A movie poster from Kroger Babb's 1965 product...

A movie poster from Kroger Babb’s 1965 production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly was published on March 20, 1852 as a serial by (The National Era & John P. Jewett and Company (in two volumes)). The book was written by Connecticut born author Harriet Beecher Stowe, a teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist. The book became the best seller of that century as it was written, following the bible. She wrote the book while she and her husband, Calvin Ellis Stowe, were in Maine, when she heard about the Fugitive Slave Act which penalized officials who did not arrest runaway slaves.

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, on June 14, 1811. Her parents sent her to a seminary school growing up where she received a traditional “male” education. Her father was Harry Ward Beecher, a well known abolitionist. Growing up she supported the Underground Railroad. She was also interested in writing,

She believed it was her duty to bring money into the house just as her husband did. She worked at raising their two daughters. She could be looked at as a Martha Stewart of her generation. The publishing of this one novel made her and her family very well off.
Did you know that her neighbor was Mark Twain.

References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Tom%27s_Cabin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_Slave_Act_of_1850
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Beecher_Stowe

 

 

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The Birth of Joan of Arc

Painting of Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-Lepage

Jehanne d’Arc was a simple middle class girl of the 14th century. She was born in the village of Domremy to Jacques and Isabelle and was the youngest of five siblings. She was born on January 6, 1412. She was a simple girl, she loved being in the garden, and playing with her friends like other kids. At the age of thirteen, one day while she was in the garden she had a vision. Some say the angels, some by God, visited her and other by the fairies, but that one day changed her life.

She followed her heart, and believed in herself. She was willing to stand up for what she believed in. She could not prevent it. She was a great leader, and she knew what was necessary. There must have been moments when she knew what she said sounded slightly strange because of these visions, but she knew France needed to be saved and she loved her homeland. For many it may have seemed strange because she was just a girl.

She was told she must save her country from the English. She had to raise the siege of Orléans, and see to Charles VII’s coronation. So yes, this may have definitely have seemed wild, how many girls dress in armor as men, and go to battle? Or would even think of leading an army?

Sure, people may have laughed, but her true friends they believed her. All the people that followed her on her journey believed and didn’t care if she was a girl. So what if they laughed at first.

This one vision took her and her friends on a tremendous journey and adventure. Jehanne d’Arc would become known as Joan of Arc, the Saint. She led armies and she was only seventeen years of age. She earned a coat of arms.

Coat of Arms of Joan of Arc

Many including the gifted writer Mark Twain in Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2, have foretold her story.

Joan of Arc had a quest she felt she had to follow thru, where ever it took her. She worked to accomplish her tasks, and accepted help when she needed it. Like her, we all have quests and adventures in front of us, we just have to work for it, and listen to our ourselves. Joan gave of her life in the name of her quest because she believed that much in what she was doing. We all at times pick up swards and work as Joan to make our dreams come true. Joan became a martyr for her dream. Some people are called to give up that much, but if you work in some to make your own dreams materialize you can have as much courage as Joan of Arc.

Reference

http://www.maidofheaven.com/joanofarc_quick_life_facts.asp
http://www.maidofheaven.com/joanofarc_long_biography.asp#mission
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was Published on December 10, 1884

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published on December 10, 1884 in the United States. The last book he had published was Life on the Mississippi. This book was just in time for Christmas for people to purchase as gifts for those who loved reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It took him a couple of years to compose the novel, and Mark Twain had a little trouble deciding on the name until he made his final decision.

The book was written for adults and it was very controversial. They could not figure out whether the book was racist or not. The question still rages on. Young people everywhere read the book. Mark Twain never wanted young people to read these books. Despite the fact that Huckleberry Finn is not well read, he is quite adventurous, and he cares about his friends. This classic satirical novel is fun, and may perhaps in some ways been reflective of brer rabbit and brer bear. At that time, the kids must have been interested in reading about Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

At least there is talk of Tom Sawyer read Don Quixote, or how else could they interest people into reading. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) kept the story interesting. The story is riveting, with a lot happening. The southern drawl of the story adds a lot considering the time Samuel Clemens spent on the Mississippi. The stories were part of his life and are now part of ours.These stories help us grow.

I grew up reading Adventures of Huck Finn. It has been one hundred and twenty nine years since this book was published, I feel we are better off in some ways having young people read this book. The hero of course, is Huck Finn, a young boy, but like Charles Dickens, Mark Twain looks at how things are in some ways, and perhaps in some ways, is thinking of how things should be. The remarkable things things that come to our minds when we sit down and write.

Below in a Audio Book Recording of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventures_of_Huckleberry_Finn

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