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Cato's Daughter: 1851–1853

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096392.003.0019
Cato's Daughter: 1851–1853

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As “Cato's daughter,” Harriet Beecher Stowe's reliance on male institutions of power to which she had always had some access kept her from affirming a more radical consciousness of her sex. Stowe cited page after page of pro-slavery resolutions passed by clerical bodies, such as the resolution of the Georgia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church “that slavery as it exists, in these United States is not a moral evil,” she concluded. Now it was up to Joel Parker and Irenaeus Prime to demonstrate that their churches had denounced the heresy of slavery. The editor of the New York Observer was not foolish enough to print Stowe's reply to his challenge, and so her anti-slavery battery found another avenue to her audience. The documents that she and her brothers assembled were ultimately published in A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Keywords: Harriet Beecher Stowe; power; pro-slavery resolutions; Joel Parker; Irenaeus Prime; anti-slavery; United States; slavery

Chapter.  7945 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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