Turtledove
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Harry Stowe
Fictional Character
A Different Flesh
POD: C. 2.5-1.3 million years ago;
Relevant POD: c. 1492
Appearance(s): "Though the Heavens Fall"
Type of Appearance: Direct
Species: Human
Nationality: Federated Commonwealths of America
Religion: Christianity (apparently)
Date of Birth: 18th century
Occupation: Overseer

Harry Stowe oversaw the sims on Charles Gillen's plantation in Virginia. His contempt for Gillen's house-slave Jeremiah was barely concealed. When Jeremiah was sent to the fields, Stowe enjoyed making his differently-hued fellow human miserable. Stowe's poor treatment played a part in Jeremiah's decision to run away.

Despite his low station and uncouth manner, Stowe was actually quite intelligent. On one occasion in 1804, Stowe thoughtfully delineated the flawed loopholes in the Articles of Independence of the Federated Commonwealths.

In 1805, Stowe was present at Jeremiah's trial in Portsmouth. He was upbraided by Judge Kemble for his racist outburst.

Literary comment[]

The character's name is remarkably similar to Harriet Beecher Stowe, the anti-slavery activist who popularized this kind of "brutal overseer" stock villain in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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