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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.
"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.
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)
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)