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1852: Canterbury Hall entrance, the first purpose built music hall
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1852: the first purpose built music hall
The Canterbury Hall
Mr Charles Morton, publican of the Canterbury Tavern in Lambeth opened the first purpose built music hall, The Canterbury Hall, in 1852. It held 700 people. Audiences were seated at tables, and food and drink was served throughout the performance, which took place on a platform at one end of the hall under the watchful Chairman, the vocalist, Mr John Caulfield. --http://www.peopleplayuk.org.uk/guided_tours/music_hall_tour/the_story_of_the_music_halls/first.php [Dec 2004]
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) - Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Uncle Tom's Cabin is a novel by American novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe which treats slavery as a central theme. The work was first published on March 20, 1852.
Stowe had written the novel as an angry response to the 1850 passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, which punished those who aided runaway slaves and diminished the rights of fugitives as well as freed slaves. Many writers have credited this novel with inflaming the passions of residents of the northern half of the United States to work towards the abolition of slavery, though the novel's historical influence has been disputed. Moreover, some critics highlight Stowe's paucity of life-experience relating to Southern life; for instance, she never set foot on a Southern plantation. However, Stowe did state she based the characters of her book on stories she was told by runaway slaves.
Before being published in novel form, the story was a long-running, anti-slavery serial called Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. It ran in the National Era, an abolitionist periodical, for eleven months starting in the 5 June 1851 issue.
Stowe lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, and:"she observed firsthand several incidents which galvanized her to write [the] famous anti-slavery novel. Scenes she observed on the Ohio River, including seeing a husband and wife being sold apart, as well as newspaper and magazine accounts and interviews, contributed material to the emerging plot." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Tom%27s_Cabin [Jun 2005]
Abolitionism, a political movement that sought to abolish slavery and the slave trade, started with The Enlightenment and became a large movement in several nations of the 19th century. The movement continues to this day. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolition_of_slavery [Jun 2005]
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