Harriet Beecher Stowe

ABOLITIONIST WHO WROTE POWERFUL NOVELS TO SUPPORT HER CAUSE

Summary:

Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist during the American Civil War. She wrote many works of writing, including Uncle Tom's Cabin, an extremely significant novel throughout the country. It was published in 1852 and sold 3,000 copies in the first day. In a year, it had sold 300,000 copies. Her book was so influential that upon meeting Abraham Lincoln, he greeted her by saying, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." After a long life of 85 years, Harriet died in Connecticut and is buried in Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
Who is Harriet Beecher Stowe?

Key Points:

  • abolitionist
  • author
  • most famous for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin

Connection to Grimké Sisters

Harriet Beecher Stowe connects to the Grimké sisters, Angelina and Sarah, because all three women were abolitionists who wrote novels to support their beliefs.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is about a man named Tom, a very religious slave who lives at the Shelby Plantation. The Shelby’s go into debt and need to sell some slaves. They sell Tom and Harry, a four year old boy. Eliza, Harry’s mother, doesn’t want to be separated from Harry, so she takes him and flees from the Plantation. Tom decides not to flee because he believes the rest of his family would be safer with the Shelby Family. He ends up being taken to Louisiana to a slave owner named Simon Legree. Simon Legree was a terrible slave owner who was brutal to his slaves. In the end, Tom and Eliza are emancipated. Eliza’s family moves to Canada and lives their life there. Tom, on the other hand, will not deny his beliefs in Christianity and will not give the hiding place of two women. Because of this, Legree whips Tom to death before he can live his life as a free man.