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Collection Reference Number GLC08965.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1852 
Title Calvin E. Stowe to Anson Rood discussing the controversy surrounding his representation in the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Date 14 December 1852
Author Stowe, Calvin E. (1802-1886)  
Recipient Rood, Anson  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses the controversy surrounding his wife, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Joel Parker that developed after she cited Parker as a pro-slavery preacher in her book "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Parker, claiming his statements were misrepresented, threatened to sue for libel, and a scandal began. Two newspapers, the Independent, run by Henry Ward Beecher, her brother, and the Independent, which was pro-slavery newspaper run by Samuel Iraneus Prime, escalated the quarell. Beecher, who was Parker's friend, eventually managed to bring about an amicable end, agreeing that the footnote would be removed from later editions. Stowe blames Samuel Irenaeus Prime for the "pain and shame" of the controversy.
Subjects Uncle Tom  Slavery  African American History  Woman Author  Women's History  Religion  Literature and Language Arts  
People Rood, Anson (1802-1857)  Stowe, Calvin Ellis (1802-1886)  Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896)  Prime, Samuel Irenaeus (1812-1885)  
Place written Andover, Massachusetts
Theme African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Women in American History; Religion; Arts & Literature
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Calvin E. Stowe was a clergyman, abolitionist, and the husband of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Samuel Irenaeus Prime was a clergyman and the editor of the New-York Observer.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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