One of our favorite books of all time is Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Our oldest daughter recommended it to us years ago. Published in 1852 in the U.S. at a time when slavery was a critical issue and the Civil War was on the brink, Mrs. Stowe’s bold novel addressed very sensitive issues that caused an uproar on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. She was one of the great masters of the English language as well as a revolutionary in defense of freedom of all men regardless of race. She was a very devout Christian who raised seven sons, all of whom became ministers. If you have never read this great American classic, we urge you to do so.
Being in Africa and reading this book is an amazing experience. RaNae is re-reading it now and has shared parts with me as I await my turn. Here is the latest paragraph she shared just yesterday.
“If ever Africa shall show an elevated and cultivated race,—and come it must, some time, her turn to figure in the great drama of human improvement.—life will awake there with a gorgeousness and splendor of which our cold western tribes faintly have conceived. In that far-off mystic land of gold, and gems, and spices, and waving palms, and wondrous flowers, and miraculous fertility, will awake new forms of art, new styles of splendor; and the negro race, no longer despised and trodden down, will, perhaps, show forth some of the latest and most magnificent revelations of human life. Certainly they will, in their gentleness, their lowly docility of heart, their aptitude to repose on a superior mind and rest on a higher power, their childlike simplicity of affection, and facility of forgiveness. In all these they will exhibit the highest form of the peculiarly Christian life, and, perhaps, as God chasteneth whom he loveth, he hath chosen poor Africa in the furnace of affliction, to make her the highest and noblest in that kingdom which he will set up, when every other kingdom has been tried, and failed; for the first shall be last, and the last first.”
If you want to experience a literary work on the human condition, parts of which that are akin to scripture, read and ponder Uncle Tom’s Cabin. God bless Harriet Beecher Stowe and all like her who are willing to speak out against prejudice and in favor of all mankind as a united family.