“A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life,” — Henry Ward Beecher
Henry Ward Beecher was the 19th century’s version of a rock star. He was a pastor, an author and an outspoken abolitionist with an enormous following. (He was also the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.) Read about him here: britannica.com. Books by Henry Ward Beecher available for free online can be found here: gutenberg.org.
A 2007 biography entitled The Most Famous Man in America, by Debby Applegate, won numerous prizes, including a Pulitzer.
I found an early edition of one of Henry Ward Beecher’s books at an independent bookstore in Boston. It cost little and is not worth much because a high number of copies were printed at the time, due to his vast popularity. Still, it is considered collectible because of its authentic early publishing date and because it speaks to an influential person and important time in US history.
Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, where Henry Ward Beecher preached, is still an active Congregational church today.
Plymouth Church is the first stop on our New York Trail!