Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet BeecherStowe

Harriet was born on June 14, 1811

Harriet got married in 1836. She was 25 years old

Harriet had 7 children. Her fist two dhildren were twins, born in 1836.

Harriet died on July 1, 1896. She was 85 years old.

She was born on June 14,1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. She had four siblings. One of her bothers was a famous abolitionist preacher Henry Ward Beecher . After enrolling in a seminary shcool ran by her sister, Harriet moved to Cincinnati ,Ohio to be with her father who was the president of Lane Theolgical Seminary. In 1836 she got married to Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary . Together they had seven childern and housed several runaway slaves as part of the Undergroud Railroad . They eventually moved to Brunwick ,Maine where Calvin became a professor at Bowdoin College.

She is famous for her book Uncle Toms Cabin.She published the book in 1852 when she was 41 years old . Uncle Toms Cabin was the best selling book in the 1900's. The only book that sold more copies was The Bible.

Harriet wrote many other books. She lived next door to another famous author, Mark Twain, for 23years in Hartford , Connecticut . Today ,the house is preserved as the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. There is a Harriet Beecher Stowe house in Brunswick Maine where her famous novel was written. She died on July 1 1896

Harriet wanted her book to make Northern readers understand how important ending slavery was . The story was so powerful that some people think it was part of the reason the North and the South had such a bad relationship . People who beleived in slavery hated the book. The book was popular in England. There where over 1.5 millon copies were sold. Harriett's book helped the abolitionist cause. Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying ''So you,re the little lady that started this great war."


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