Seven Reasons to Read Uncle Tom’s Cabin

07 May

Her children.  Seven of them, including a set of twins, and a boy that died at 18 months.

Above all, Harriet Beecher Stowe is a mother, and certainly one who is unafraid to appeal to the very hearts of other mothers.  Here she is talking directly to us in Chapter 7:

If it were your Harry, mother, or your Willie, that were going to be torn from you by a brutal trader, to-morrow morning, – if you had seen the man, and heard that the papers were signed and delivered, and you had only from twelve o’clock till morning to make good your escape, – how fast could you walk?  How many miles could you make in those few brief hours, with the darling at your bosom, – the little sleepy head on your shoulder, – the small, soft arms trustingly holding on to your neck?

As I read this, I had to resist the urge to strap my babies in the jogging stroller, take the school-aged boys by the hand, throw the preschooler onto my back and head out for a training run.  Christine, bring the Garmin – I want to know how fast and far I can go to protect my children.


Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Uncle Tom's Cabin


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2 responses to “Seven Reasons to Read Uncle Tom’s Cabin

  1. Christine

    May 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    The very thought makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck and my heart start beating faster.

  2. Jeannette

    May 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Maybe that should be our strategy for our next run – just imagine being in Eliza’s shoes (or shoe). It might help our running, but be very bad for our hearts…


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