American Experience

Tragedy Leads to Inspiration

Clip: Season 1 | 2m 52s

An 1849 Cholera outbreak in Cincinnati claims Harriet Beecher Stowe's beloved son Charlie. "I learned what a poor slave mother may feel when her child is torn away from her." Stowe would go on to write Uncle Tom's Cabin a few years later from her new home in Brunswick, Maine.

Aired: 01/08/13

Rating: NR

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