Bowdoin Featured in Special C-SPAN Coverage Oct. 6-7

Bowdoin and its ties to this country’s rich history will be highlighted throughout this weekend during special programming on the networks of C-SPAN.

Amid what C-SPAN has billed as “Augusta Weekend,” a side trip to Brunswick will showcase holdings of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, including early printings of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the papers of Sen. George Mitchell ’54 and Oliver Otis Howard, of the Class of 1850. Additional insight is provided through interviews with Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal, and George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives Director Richard Lindemann.

The segments are to air on C-SPAN2’s Book TV at noon Saturday, Oct. 6, and at 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 7, on C-SPAN3’s American History TV.


  1. The Brunswick church story about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s inspiration was told beautifully by Tess Chakkalakal on C-SPAN BookTV last weekend. Stowe’s brief two years in Brunswick with seven children to care for brought forth the world famous Uncle Tom’s Cabin. To get inside the Stowe home was a treat even though it needs to be restored. The archives library at Bowdoin revealed the serial magazine format of Stowe’s bestseliing novel. Her didactic style of teaching all about slavery was part of the popularity her work established during its day.. My interest in Lincoln reading her othe work, The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is perhaps why he famously met and talked to Stowe in The White House. She really got around and also abroad to escape the public attention her novel drew. C-SPAN even showed on screen her lovely home eventually built in Hartford, Conn. next to Mark Twain’s mansion. Her best selling novel certainly provided her large family a better life style than her husband as professor at Bowdoin ever could.

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