Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Harriet Beecher Stowe


*1850 - Fugitive Slave Law is passed.*1851 - Uncle Tom's Cabin appears in the National Era.*1861 - The Civil War begins.*1896 - Stowe dies in Hartford, CT on July 1st.


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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was one of 11 children born to Lynman Beecher, a religious leader, and Roxanna Foote Beecher. Harriet enrolled in a school ran by her sister, Catherine, who helped shaped her social views. She moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at 21, where she met her husband, Calvin Ellis Stowe.

Uncle Tom's Cabin written by Stowe was published in a serial format in a weekly newspaper called National Era from June 5, 1851 through April 1, 1852. This series changed the way many Americans viewed slavery and enraged the South. It is generally named one of the causes of the Civil War.

"I would write something that would make this whole nation feel what an accursed thing slavery is."

Around Thanksgiving Day in 1862, Stowe met President Abraham Lincoln, who allegedly greeted her by saying, "So you're the little lady who wrote the book that made this great war!" It is also said that Stowe encouraged Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.


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