I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother I was oppressed and broken-hearted, with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity — because as a lover of my country I trembled at the coming day of wrath. It is no merit in the sorrowful that they weep, or to the oppressed and smothering that they gasp and struggle, not to me, that I must speak for the oppressed — who cannot speak for themselves.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) American author
Letter to Lord Denman (20 Jan 1853)

On Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Added on 5-Feb-14 | Last updated 5-Feb-14
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