It is 1850, and Henry Ward Beecher (pictured) has been accused of adultery. Since he is a prominent Congregationalist minister and active abolitionist, the scandal soon taints the entire anti-slavery movement.
Scandal shuts down Uncle Tom's CabinHis sister Harriet had been planning to write an anti-slavery novel, which she tentatively titled "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Fearing to share her brother's public shame, she retreats into private life. She is never heard from again, and the uproar over her brother's behavior causes the entire anti-slavery movement to collapse.