The Spirit Of Stowe

The Dish

Reviewing Nancy Koester’s new biography, Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life, Harold K. Bush highlights the under-appreciated religious convictions that informed the abolitionist’s work:

Everyone knows about Stowe’s anti-slavery emphasis. Often forgotten, however, are the deep Harriet_Beecher_Stowe_by_Francis_Holl spiritual currents at work beneath it. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a variety of characters have mystical experiences, and Scripture is sprinkled throughout. Tom seems to hear Eva’s voice at times after her death, as in a dream. By the time she wrote the novel, Stowe was confirmed in her conviction that faith has supernatural elements, including the dreams and visions mentioned throughout the Old Testament prophetic books, the Gospels, and the Book of Acts. She believed, moreover, that both sexes could experience these phenomena:

“I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see…

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