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The Roses and Thorns of Life

Mar 20, 1852:  “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is published.

Did Harriet Beecher Stowe influence history ……….. that is a point argued still today.

Her influence on war is debatable;  her influence on the minds of readers cannot be denied.

In the 1800’s, it was not unusual for families to gather around in a dimly lit room to listen as one read a treasured new book aloud.

Reading a newspaper report about some distant abolitionist meeting might momentarily spark one’s interest; but reading the story of skillfully crafted characters who enter your mind and heart with each page, in the intimacy of your home,  will have an everlasting affect.  You cheer for their triumphs; you mourn for their sufferings.

How did these characters affect Stowe’s readers……..well, the evils of slavery weren’t something so easily brushed off one’s shoulders…..Holding a book close to one’s heart makes the movement of words upon that heart…

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The Roses and Thorns of Life

 

lincoln's shadow

The Beginning   March 4, 1861:  

Lincoln is sworn in for his first Presidential term.  

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 Fate

April 15, 1865 ~ a country’s new beginning, a father’s death. Abraham Lincoln lived for nine hours after a bullet entered his head. Perhaps, now, both country and father were at peace. Perhaps death was the only way this President could find his peace. One wonders.

Lincoln was very intuitive ~ he “knew” things. Maybe that was why he held little focus for security; if security had been tighter, might Booth have failed?
We will never know, we will never know how history’s course might have changed if fate had not brought these two unique individuals together. Fate had crossed these family paths before, which is extremely fascinating.
Edwin Booth is remembered (though not so significantly) as the man who helped Robert Todd Lincoln after he fell from the station platform…

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