Harried Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, and penned Uncle Tom's Cabin, the book narrating the underground railroad of pre-Civil War and Abolitionist America. The story of Uncle Tom depicts the harshness of slavery and the use of faith to overcome human cruelty and malicious intent. Written in 1852, the book was one of the greatest texts in print next to the Bible and Abraham Lincoln remarked her book sparked the need for the civil war.
It is interesting to think that a woman born in this State sparked the beginning of emancipation, but that the state of Connecticut, today, has still figure out a solution to creating equitable opportunities for youth of all ethnicities and races.
Stowe's novel was criticized for its portrayal and stereotypes but did create many sparks as an antislavery device. Today is February 29th, a leap year that allows one extra day to recognize Black history. I use this date to nod my respect for a novel that was influential to my undergraduate days and life history as a teacher.