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years? >> the fact that you would say that immediately is really disturbing, isn't it? it's so obvious that if all sons and daughters of the country were eligible to serve in the military we would do things differently. i think that's a very deep issue at the heart of the republic right now. i do think the modern media, social media has clearly had an impact on politics and campaigns and a lot of our candidates still don't understand. it is a relatively new phenomenon though some people have said. i was one of the first people that they were able to take them on the internet when i made the mistake of over speaking one time and i was shocked. it came on the clock 24/7 nine have facebook and twitter and you've got all this stuff and it
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can really destroy you and you don't even know where it's all coming from. i don't think we have quite come branded that yet. with regard to the silos my partner now and since i retired before the democrat from louisiana although i describe him as a pro-business democrat in washington but we are good friends. his show is on "msnbc" 24/7. i don't watch anything but fox. everyone i -- every once i will gag gag little bend over "cnn" and in 10 minutes i'm back on fox and when i get up in the morning i read "the wall street journal" and i do. "politico" but then i do a little bit of aberration and i read in the "washington post" and "new york times" on what the enemy is up to. so at least i do. those two papers. but i think it's a good part of what the problem is and america.
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i don't do facebook and twitter and that kind of stuff because i say to my family and not sending out anything when i don't know who's getting it but it is a big part of what we are experiencing. i won't say a big part of my problems. it's their inner think that politically we still have not figured out exactly how to do it you are a consultant, how do you deal with campaigns? >> i will only say i didn't tweak during the campaign and "the new york times" wrote about and as well as social media but i didn't we. since i've started tweeting i've cleared that up. it's a very dangerous thing and if you look at donald trump, i think if you are working in the trump campaign, you live in fear
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of his next week. he's the only person that can launch a war with a tweet or be trolled by someone in mom's basement in moscow. we are out of time now. i want to thank those of you. [applause] i also want to thank my good friend andy who sponsored this, putting all this together and all that he has given to make this happen. [applause] by the book. [inaudible conversations]
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that concludes booktv's coverage of the second annual mississippi book book festival. you can watch everything you saw here again tonight starting at midnight eastern time or on line at the [inaudible conversations] now on booktv at literary tour of hartford connecticut with the help of our local cable partner comcast. we started trip with a visit to the home of uncle tom's cabin author harriet beecher stowe. >> here we are in 19th century author harriet beecher stowe's home in connecticut. we invite you to visit and we are standing today in stowe's
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front parlor, the more formal space. when you visit here you sit down in this parlor and share conversation about issues and experiences. stowe was born harriet beecher and litchfield connecticut and western connecticut and her life she lived in boston cincinnati brunswick maine andover massachusetts and jena has been retired to be near her two sisters here in hartford connecticut. in hartford they had two houses. first of the middle of the civil war stowe boelter dream house, her glamorous mansion and they built that house moved in 1863 and lived there for about eight years and then discovered over those years that it was too expensive to maintain so they downsized into this more modest but still spacious hartford home where they lived out the rest of their lives. stowe moved into this fourth street house in hartford in 1873
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in the house had been built on specs and lived in for a couple of years. she didn't specially build it. she moved into it as she had with most of the home she lived in in her life. she moved in with her husband calvin stowe whom she married in 1836 and he was about 10 years older than her and he was a professor of theology. he was retired and she moved in with her oldest children, twin girls, adult daughters and they were in their 30s. stowe was in her 60s was an calvin was in the 70s. stowe was still writing. she was world-famous. she had reached that tentacle of fame in her 40s and now she is in her 60s and she still writing to support the family. so she did some books in this house and many many articles and opinion pieces. harriet beecher stowe has a good domestic environment and another
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thing she wrote about was how to manage a household and she thought and wrote a lot about how women -- she helped advance the idea that managing your house and thinking about the kind of domestic environment you have built to be a better family made it a better america. so this house reflects that. it is not just one design but it certainly reflects the aesthetic movement of the 19th century as it's called but it's also a house that reflects that they had long lives in deep family connections so it's familial, it's friendly, it's comfortable. it's used. we work hard as a museum not to have it be too tidy so there might he be table or -- at the table some crumpled paper on the
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floor. you want to evoke a home that's lib dem. it's not pristine. it was a home that was lib dem and sitting down with harriet beecher stowe from her writings and other people's reports i think she was a quiet person and she was an introvert so there is a lot going on in her head. people said things like you would think she wasn't paying attention to the conversation but then she would start fully participating in what was happening she was thinking about characters or stories that were going to come out later in her book. so she held things in her head for 20 or 30 years before they came out in her writing. talking with her might be an interesting experience because she was thinking about two things at once, the conversation and her characters and what she was going to be writing. another way people describe her is that she wasn't a particularly attractive person and tell she became animated in a conversation and then there
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were sort of a light about her and charisma and personality that you didn't see when she wasn't animated and you can see that in the photographs and the physical evidence we have like sculptures and cameos in things that portray her. she might not have matched the beauty standards of the day. feel us us -- few of us do after all but her character and personality made her great company and of course. beecher stowe was really smart and articulate and she was taught at her father's dining table to make the case for her argument. harriet beecher stowe's home is a classic home with two partners in the dining room downstairs in the kitchen which of course would have been a public space and bedrooms upstairs. when you visit you see the spaces and in the parlor you see
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the environment as much as it was when they lived here. as we can tell from our research and a few photographs that we have. we are lucky enough to have a lot of possessions that stowe owned and there were on by her extended family. we ask people to journey through the house with us and we talk about the past as well as the present. we try to explain stowe's long life and their impact and when you reach the front parlor you sit down in chairs in the front parlor with the other people and you have a conversation about artifacts on this table that represents the issues of the 19th century. copies of artifacts around, you discuss them. when you go onto the second floor one of the ramsey into his stowe's bedroom which is of course a bedroom but was also one of the places that she wrote
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so it is setup with writing writing space and evidence of what it took, the struggle she had to write her books particularly uncle tom's cabin so that's just a little bit of the glimpse of some of the experiences you can have here. >> we are in harriet parlor right now. when harriet was receiving guests she quickly ushered them into this room and began talking to them about whole host of issues that she was passionate about. here we have a photograph of harriet beecher stowe sitting in her front parlor where we are so she is sitting right about where i'm standing now and you can really get a feel for what the room looked like at the time. you also get a feel for what harriet looked like. what we are going to try to do is talk about some of the documents that she may have been seeing in the 18 50's when she's coming up with the ideas bronco tom's cabin. in a lot of ways these documents represent the debates that people are having.
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on this table we have historical documents that we have reproduce our visitors. we really want to give our visitors a feel for the debates over slavery that were occurring over harriet's time. for example we have some posters from fugitive slaves that may have been found in the north at the time. we have songs written by abolitionists that were sung at different meetings by abolitionists and we had teaching tools for abolitionist children so this for example gives you a feel for the alphabet but also gives you a poem of each letter that talks about some negative aspects of slavery so the sort these sort of things were effective teaching tools at the time. even more than that we have photos that would have been circulated in newspapers to try to gain support for abolitionism. for example this is a photo here of emancipated slaves that would have been found in northern newspapers quite a bit after the fugitive slaves -- fugitive
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slave law pass. this would have been a private family space where harriet would spend time with her husband and her two twin daughters living here and they may be reading to each other, they may be writing letters, they may be playing the piano but it was more of a relaxation space than a public formal entertaining space. when visitors come into this room we don't allow them to touch anything or sit on any of the chairs. although we have reproduce the circular letter was sometimes will pass around show to visitors. we will go into a more private space, harriet's bedroom. we have a lot of items to give you a feel for what harriet's writing process was like and what the aftermath of the publication of "uncle tom's cabin" was like for her as well.
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