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Saturday, February 19, 2011
GASLAND and the Abolitionist Movement....is this the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" of Our Time?
Oscar The abolitionist movement to rid the United States of the evils of slavery rose to a fever pitch before the Civil War. Opposing political and economic forces sought to maintain their wealth on the backs of fellow human beings with the unspeakable evil of the slavery system. When I think about this, I can't help draw some comparisons to the equally unspeakable evil of poisoning people in poor, rural areas and gaining great wealth on the backs of these human beings. At the time, a young teacher and devoted abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote the famous novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. It sent shockwaves throughout the country and helped mobilize and energize the abolitionist movement. I can't help but see the comparison with GASLAND.