Harriet Beecher Stowe: Catalyst for Civil War Theater & Media Arts


Harriet Beecher Stowe: Catalyst for Civil War

Type: Performance
Art Form: Theater & Media Arts|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: 3-12
Scheduling Request

Travel back in time with Harriet Beecher Stowe, whom Abraham Lincoln called “the little lady who made this great war.” This famous abolitionist and author speaks about her life, her dedication to ending slavery, and the publication of her best-selling novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Students join in for important lessons in American history, including pre-Civil War America, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, abolitionist activities, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, 19th century travel, and life in New England and Europe.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 200
Curriculum Connection: Women of American History, Storytelling, Pre-Civil War America, The Civil War, Authors

Single Performance: $700
Additional Performances: $560
Travel: $75 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

  • 1 reserved parking space
  • A small private area (even a closet is ok) for changing and keeping personal belongings (not a bathroom)
  • Bottled water

Performance space:

  • A large classroom or library area with ample room for the artist to move freely in her bulky costumes is preferred to an auditorium.
  • Audience should be seated at the beginning of the performance in a horseshoe formation large enough to allow three people across the middle.
  • Elementary school students should be seated on the floor.
  • Because no sound system is used, please ensure that the space will allow for each student to hear.

Arrival before first performance: 20 minutes

Strike time: 5 minutes

Time needed between performances: 5 minutes

No more than two consecutive grade levels should be included in any performance. Teachers are expected to model proper audience behavior to students.

Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

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