Harriet Beecher Stowe, Social Class and Chipmunks

I adore Harriet Beecher Stowe’s use of squirrels and chipmunks to convey the ills of elitist classism and what it means to be a commoner vs an entitled lofty “genius” with airs. Stowe’s lampooning is cutting and brilliant; she distills complex issues of entitlement and value into a charming children’s tale. I’m sharing it with you here since it’s ageless, timeless and celebrates a special fictional chipmunk named Tip. The following is an excerpt from “The Nutcrackers of Nutcracker Lodge” contained within “Queer Little Folks” published in 1897. I’m totally a Tip and not a Featherhead! You’ll know what I mean after you read this enjoyable excerpt:

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