News Archive 2009-2018

Civil War Commemorative Issue Features Bowdoin Connections (The Atlantic) Archives

An undated portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe, from the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives.


The Atlantic magazine’s special Civil War Commemorative issue, featuring writing by several with Bowdoin ties-including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bowdoin Class of 1825; his Bowdoin classmate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; and Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote much of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Brunswick-is now available.

Last week, NPR featured a segment about this issue, in which “The Atlantic…reaches back to a time when [the matter of slavery] wasn’t yet settled, and monumental questions were still up in the air: Would slavery continue? Would America remain united?”

They were some of the country’s early intellectuals and they used their Boston-based journal to challenge the institution of slavery.