Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers
I'm not a fan of Fritz. She is an admirer of Rousseau's notion that morality is rooted in neither reason or revelation but in the natural feeling of compassion. Fritz's claim that Harriet's compassion is the primary motivation in writing Uncle Tom's Cabin's doesn't jibe with the Know-Nothing views she absorbed at her father's knees. Ignoring those views don't mean they exist.
Who can admire a writer who writes such anthropopathistic nonsense: "But now the country itself took a hand in determini...more
I always find it fascinating to read about the childhood of individuals that have changed history. The influence of the parents, in this case the father, was so important. Even though he was overly severe all of his children followed in his footsteps by wanting to influence others. One ...more
I plan to read other books on Stowe after this; a great introduction!
But well written and very informative, so it's not bad.