Harriet Beecher Stowe: Author and Abolitionist

Scholars use primary documents, video clips, and legal decisions to uncover Harriet Beecher Stowe's motives for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin. They create a 21st century book jacket for the novel to capture the purpose behind Stowe's story. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Extension opportunity with other PBS resources on abolitionist leaders found here
  • Read a section of Uncle Tom's Cabin out loud in class for the auditory learners to hear the story with voice inflection included
Classroom Considerations
  • Be aware of the sensitivity of the topic of slavery
  • Resource contains printable worksheets and graphic organizers 
  • Provides questions to use during the video to stimulate thought
  • None
Common Core