Archives: Harriet Beecher Stowe

The greatest American novel

June 27, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Suffice it to say that Uncle Tom’s Cabin took over the American mind (and many minds beyond America’s shores), and the novel has held its grip on a portion of that mind ever since. Immediately after its publication, the debate about slavery — and ultimately the debate about America — was never the same.

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Thomas Dixon: a writer on the wrong side of history

June 26, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writers, writing.

Sometimes a successful writer, both in his life and in his writing, gets it all wrong. Such was the case with Thomas Dixon. Dixon was born in 1864 in North Carolina and grew up during the Reconstruction era as an unreconstructed Southerner. He attended Wake Forest and later Johns Hopkins, where he befriended a young • Read More »

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