The Other Beecher

May 9, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Kingsborough Community College

Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman were among the thousands who traveled to Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights to hear the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher preach his “gospel of love.”  Beecher — son of a prominent clergyman and brother to author Harriet Beecher Stowe of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” fame – bucked the traditional beliefs of most American Protestants of his time.  His work for abolition and women’s suffrage, and his views on politics, literature, science, entertainment and religion “helped usher modern thinking,” says Debby Applegate, whose book “The Most Famous Main in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher,” won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. As part of the Best-Selling Author Series at Kingsborough Community College, Applegate lifts the veil on Beecher’s personal life, including his adulterous affair with the wife of a longtime friend.

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