Letter to Mrs. Terrell from Joseph H. Douglass, grandson of Frederick Douglass, dated May 31, 1911. Single page written on Douglass' personal stationary. Black ink on tan paper. Letter head at the top reads [JOSEPH H. DOUGLASS / Solo Violinist / ENGAGEMENTS ACCEPTED / FOR RECITALS / CONCERTS AND CHURCH / SERVICES / NOW TOURING AMERICA]. Along the left side of the page is a text box containing five quotes from newspapers titled [PRESS COMMENTS]. The handwritten letter reads [1644 Fla. ave N. W. / Wash. D.C. May 31st 1911 / My dear Mrs Terrell: / Replying to your esteemed / favor just received, will say / that it is my pleasure to / accept the invitation to the present / and render a violin selection / on the occasion of the one hun- / dredth anniversary of Harriet / Beecher Stowe. / I thank you for the oppor- / tunity and honor which enables / me to add my little mite / in the celebration of that noble / woman's birth as well as to appear / before such a body of honored women. / I am proud of the fact that / among those mentioned in your / letter, none will be more represen- / tative or distinguished among the / speakers of the meeting than your / honored self. / Yours most sincerely / Joseph H. Douglass / (P.S. / I have carefully / noted the date June 14")]
An international bestseller, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s sentimental novel brought widespread attention to the issue of slavery. Cleverly adapting consumer culture to their cause, Stowe and other antislavery advocates spread the abolitionist message on inexpensive items. At school, children might encounter an antislavery primer beginning, "A is for Abolitionist—A man who wants to free the wretched slave." On her dressing table, a woman might apply makeup from small box declaring, "Am I not a man and a brother?" In many homes, Americans read the bestseller Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
This book is a first edition of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It has paper covers and is printed in black-and-white throughout, with the text of the novel printed in two columns on each page. Adhesive residue on the left side of the front and back covers indicates a lost binding cover. The back cover features a list of other items available from the publisher, John P. Jewett & Company.
White ceramic plate with raised floral design around rim; decorated with text and image (possibly a transfer image) relating to Uncle Tom's Cabin. The text reads, "PAY AWAY TILL HE GIVES UP! GIVE IT HIM; GIVE IT HIM! UNCLE TOM WHIPPED TO DEATH." The image shows two black men beating a half-clothed black man while a well-dressed white man watches. Reverse: "G" "G"