Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on June 14, 2016. While living in Cincinnati, Stowe encountered fugitive slaves and the Underground Railroad. Later, she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in reaction to recently tightened fugitive laws. The book sold some 300,000 copies and did much to galvanize public opinion in the North against slavery. Find Harriet Beecher Stowe at the library, on Hoopla, and OverDrive (Avalon or Consortium). There are also slave interviews on Freegal.
The rock and roll classic “Johnny B. Goode,” written by Chuck Berry about pianist/sidekick Johnnie Johnson, makes the Top Ten on June 14, 1958. Find Chuck Berry at the library, on hoopla and in Freegal.