Today in 1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is published. The novel would have aroused condemnation in the 20th century for its patronizing view of African Americans.
In 1852, the controversy concerns Stowe’s depiction of slaves as human beings. By the end of 1853, more than three hundred thousand copies will sell, an astronomical figure those days.
Within three years, however, Southerners will respond with thirty anti-Tom novels aimed at reversing public sympathies.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Help Middleton Outreach Ministry end hunger in our community. Teams are needed to compete in the fourth annual Canstruction Madison, by building structures out of canned and packaged food. The event will be held at KEVA Sports Center on May 1st, and team registration is happening now! For more info, call Elaine 826-3414, or visit canstructionmadison.org.
Beginning on Wednesday, April 6th, East Madison Community Center offers a 6-week class on best ways to monitor your diabetes, healthy recipes, and other ways to continue living well and feeling healthy with diabetes. Meet others with diabetes, and get valuable information from experienced instructors. There is a registration fee, and you can get the fee back if you return the textbook and materials. To register and for more info, call 608-249-0861 and ask for Alison.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for individuals is available at Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin. This is by appointment, 9am to 1pm on Saturdays through April 5th. RSVP by calling 608-266-6350.