Storyteller and folk musician Bill Wellington presents Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Book that Destroyed Slavery in America at the Edgell Memorial Library. The 7 p.m. event is sponsored by the Framingham History Center as part of its Civil War encampment weekend.
The public is invited to take another look at Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel about the life and death of a slave in America through the lens of historical songs and multimedia show inspired by the book.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's best known novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, changed forever how Americans viewed slavery, the system that treated people as property. It demanded that the United States deliver on the promise of freedom and equality, galvanized the abolition movement and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War, according to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was a runaway best-seller, when it was first published in 1852 selling 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week, according to the Center.
Fun fact: Uncle Tom's Cabin was initially released in serial format in the National Era, a weekly newspaper, from June 5, 1851-April 1, 1852.
Admission to the event is with a Civil War Encampment button, which costs $5. The button will also give you admission to other events during the Encampment weekend. The button can be purchased on site Friday night.
The Wellington presentation is recommended for middle school students or older.