Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe was born today in 1811? She was an American author and abolitionist. An abolitionist is someone who works to end slavery and the slave trade. Harriet Beecher Stowe and her husband both supported the Underground Railroad; her experiences influenced some of her later writing. During her lifetime, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote 30 books. She wrote novels, books about her travels, and letters. One of her most famous works was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which described the awfulness of slavery in a way that helped many people understand why slavery needed to be abolished or stopped.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s family was well-known. Her father, Lyman Beecher, was a preacher. One of her sisters, Catherine Beecher, was an educator and also an author. Her brothers, Henry Ward Beecher, Charles Beecher, and Edward Beecher, were ministers.
Harriet Beecher Stowe traveled to Washington DC to meet with President Abraham Lincoln. Supposedly, President Lincoln said of Harriet Beecher Stowe, “so you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war”.
Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the founders of the Hartford Art School, which eventually became part of the University of Hartford.
Mark Twain was one of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s neighbors when she lived in Hartford Connecticut.