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Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) was a depiction of life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom. It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE (1811-1896) Her Uncle Tom’s Cabin inspired a generation of abolitionists and set the stage for civil war.

"So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war" - what, according to legend, Abraham Lincoln said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The novel helped keep the flames of anti-slavery sentiment alive, and is therefore sometimes attributed with helping start the American Civil War.

Harriet Beecher Stowe. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.

Q: How many books did Harriet Beecher Stowe write? A: More than thirty! Best known for Uncle Tom's Cabin, which illustrates the inhumanities of slavery, Stowe also published biographies, children's books, religious studies, and household advice books. She came from a family of influential citizens. Her seven brothers were ministers, her sister Catharine advocated for women’s education, and her sister Isabella helped found the National Women’s Suffrage Association. Ca. 1870's - 1890's. (OWI)

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Free eBook on #Kobo: www.kobobooks.com...

Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe (Jun 14, 1811-Jul 1, 1896) : American abolitionist & novelist, whose Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel & a play, & became influential, even in Britain. It made political issues of 1850's regarding slavery tangible to millions, energizing anti-slavery forces in American North. It angered & embittered the South. www.flickr.com/...

‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was published in 1852. This novel depicts the reality of slavery. It is the second best-selling book of that century. The cover shown in the photo is from the 1897 edition. (Image courtesy of NYPL Digital Library)

The Civil War sub H.L. Hunley unveiled on January 12, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina

Alfred Hitchcock literally devouring Tom Prideaux’s "Love or Nothing: The Life and Times of Ellen Terry."

The first Ferris wheel by George Ferris. Build by George Ferris and sometimes known as The Chicago Wheel, it opened to the public on June 21, 1893, at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.