Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's passion for abolitionism culminated when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, forcing Northern states to become complicit in the act of slavery. A short video dramatizes the events preceding the publication of Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the public reception to the book itself.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a cross-curricular assignment between language arts and social studies
  • Host a showing of the entire PBS film The Abolitionists, or give extra credit to those who watch it independently
Classroom Considerations

  • Lists national history standards, but a free account is needed to view state standards
  • Note the viewing guide strategies listed in the instructional tips to prepare learners for emotional scenes
Pros

  • Includes teaching tips and research project ideas
  • Provides depth to a novel unit or Civil War lesson
Cons

  • None