Debbie Behan Garrett has been a black-doll enthusiast since 1991. Her passion for collecting vintage-to-modern black dolls led to the publication of two groundbreaking black-doll reference books: The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, Hobby House Press, Inc., 2003 (the first full-color black doll reference), and Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, 2008 (the first self-published, full-color black doll reference). Her third publication, The Doll Blogs: When Dolls Speak, I listen, is the first electronic book featuring dolls that blog. Garrett is the cofounder and editor of The Black Doll-E-Zine, “the first and only e-zine (now online group) devoted to collecting Black dolls.” She is also founder and moderator of WeLoveBlackDolls online discussion group. As a several-year member-at-large of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Ms. Garrett has contributed to their Doll News quarterly publication and is a contributing writer for Doll Castle News. Her articles have also appeared in Dolls Magazine, Doll Collector (formerly Contemporary Doll Collector), British Doll Showcase, Doll Reader, on various Internet websites: BlackDollShows.com and in her personal blog, Black Doll Collecting at http://blackdollcollecting.blogspot.com/. Ms. Garrett, a native Texan, is the married mother of two adult children, Angela and Adam, and doting granny of Angela’s two precocious boys, Caleb and Logan. Her non-leisure time is spent working as a CMT-credentialed, home-based allied health professional for a leading global provider of clinical documentation
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Viewed by many as fuelling the abolitionist movement of the 1850s and laying the groundwork for the Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s sentimental and moral tale of slaves attempting to secure their freedom was one of the most popular books of the nineteenth century. Centred round the long-suffering Uncle Tom, a devout Christian slave who endures cruelty and abuse from his owners, Tom is often celebrated as the first black hero in American fiction who refuses to obey his white masters. With other strong protagonists such as Eliza, a courageous slave who flees to the North with her son when she learns that he is to be sold, Beecher Stowe highlighted the plight of southern slaves and the breaking up of black families. Not without its controversy, more recent criticism has suggested that the novel contributed negatively to the stereotyping of the black community.