Remember Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous 1851 book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin“? More than a few scholars credit Stowe’s anti-slavery novel as being one of the moving factors in Abraham Lincoln eventually embracing the abolitionist movement.
With that in mind, on the heels of a mob in San Francisco ripping-down statues of St. Junipero Serra, the first Catholic saint canonized in the U.S., and also the man who penned the Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, the same mob also unceremoniously took down a statue of Pres. Ulysses S. Grant, the same man who also led the Federalist Army during the War Between the States, as reported by MSN News.
Here’s what the liberal media won’t tell you, a statue of Harriet Beecher Stowe was collapsed by an angry mob.
So as I rhetorically ask, why would liberals want to defile a monument dedicated to one of the major anti-slavery icons of her time? Simple. There’s an internet rumor floating around that Stowe’s maternal grandfather, Eli Foote, might have been involved in the slave trade in the late 1700s.
As it turns out, all hoaxes do have a grain of truth to them. Noted by the academic reference website NCpedia, “Between 1789 and 1792 the Footes [Eli and his brother, Justin] sponsored several trading voyages to Martinique, St. Croix, St. Martin’s, and St. Eustatius [all three are Caribbean islands renown as waystations during the slave trade].”
That’s pretty much of the “evidence” against Stowe’s grand-dad.
In fact, NCpedia went into further details of exactly what type of cargo the Foote brothers imported into the newly born United States, “Their Murfreesboro [NC] warehouse was packed with articles of commerce when, on the night of 17 Apr. 1791, they became victims of Murfreesboro’s first crime of record. Thieves broke into the warehouse and made off with chintz, linen, silk, and other goods.”
While no one with a lick of common sense would advocate dropping a statue to Stowe, please know I just made this whole thing up. This is nothing but satire… but just barely.