Barbara Meldrum is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Idaho. Her extensive research on the life and career of Harriet Beecher Stowe has been supported by an Idaho Humanities Council fellowship as well as by an NEH-sponsored residency fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts. Dr. Meldrum's area of specialization also includes western American writers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Abolitionist, Novelist, Remarkable American Woman Only two years younger than Abraham Lincoln and, like him, shaped by life in western territories, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an antislavery novel that shook the nation. When she met Lincoln during the Civil War, he is said to have greeted her by asking, “Are you the little lady who made this big war?” Stowe, a teacher and writer from a family of preachers, used her pen to express the truths her heart dictated. Living long after Lincoln’s untimely death, she and her husband wintered in Florida, teaching and preaching to former slaves, trying to help them thrive in their newfound freedom. This presentation is illustrated with slides of people, places and books pertinent to her experiences and accomplishments. Also available for examination will be first editions of some of her works and other books of her time.