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Harriet Beecher Stowe
Transcript of Harriet Beecher Stowe
-In Litchfield, Connecticut -->She was the seventh of thirteen children born to outspoken religious leader Lyman Beecher and Roxana Foote -->When she was twenty-one she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio
-there she became interested in writing
-Married widower named Calvin Stowe when she was twenty-four -->Calvin Stowe was an ardent critic of slavery and supported the underground railroad
-He inspired Beecher Stowe to write about slavery Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist writer, she is famous for writing "Uncle Tom's Cabin." -->Harriet went by the pseudonym, or pen name, Christopher Crowfield so that she could get her works published during a time when women did not have equal rights -->There are many landmarks around the country dedicated to the memory of Harriet Beecher Stowe
-Located in Maine, Ohio, Florida and Connecticut
-These were all places she spent significant parts of her life in -->Most of Harriet's early works are under that pen name, therefore you will rarely see an authentic piece of writing by her with the name Harriet Beecher Stowe attached Early Life Uncle Tom's Cabin was written on a very personal level, from the inside of slavery and educated the public on what slavery was, from a slaves point on view.This enabled the public to make the connection of slaves being human beings as
well and not pieces of property.
It is said that it was this
novel that began thoughts
of a Civil War Harriet Beecher Stowe is most famous for her abolitionist writings in Uncle Toms Cabin in 1853 pre civil war. Her writings consist of children's books
homemaking, religious studies, biographies and childrearing, as well as poetry. "I would rather not sell him," said Mr. Shelby, thoughtfully; "the fact is, sir, I'm a humane man, and I hate to take the boy from his mother, sir." Excerpt From Uncle Tom's Cabin:
"Yes Eliza, it's all misery, misery, misery! My life is bitter as wormwood; the very life is burning out of me. I'm a poor, miserable, forlorn drudge; I shall only drag you down with me, that's all. What's the use of our trying to do anything, trying to know anything, trying to be anything? What's the use of living? I wish I was dead!"
- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Ch. 2 In the later stages in her life, Harriet Beecher Stowe continued to write. From 1863-1884 she nearly wrote a book a year. Her books which previously held the purpose of exposing the reality of slavery, changed to religious faith, domesticity, and family life. Fun Fact: When Stowe met President Lincoln in 1862, Abe Lincoln said, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!" Harriet Beecher Stowe passed away July 1st, 1896 at the age of 85