Harriet Beecher Stowe

By Kara Seaben-Gordon

Birth & Death

BIRTH: June 14, 1811

DEATH: July 1, 1896

Early Life Highlights

Her parents were Lyman Beecher and Roxana Beecher. Her mother, Roxana, died when Harriet was five years old. She had six siblings; Henry Ward Beecher, Catharine Beecher, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Edward Beecher, Thomas K. Beecher, and Charles Beecher.

For education, Harriet attended a Seminary (Girl’s School) which was ran by her sister, Catharine Beecher.

Personal adulthood

January 6, 1836, she married the professor of the Seminary. She had seven children whose names were; Eliza Taylor, Harriet Beecher, Henry Ellis, Frederick William, Georgiana May, Samuel Charles, and Charles Edward.


She saw the bad in slavery and wanted to put a stop to it. Stowe was an author and social activist best known for her anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

What was wrong

There were many cases in which people did not care what happened in the south to black people. Some people did not recognize the wrong in it but through her writing, she brought it to peoples attention.

how she made change

She was influential to people through her many pieces of writing which were dedicated to stopping slavery. She was also a philanthropist. Harriet was very devoted to her work and was passionate about stopping the act of slavery.
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She was a philanthropist and educated people by telling them that slavery was wrong and she wanted to put an end to it.

Today's Remembrances

Today she was remembered as an author, mainly by her big hit book titled Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Also, she was an abolitionist and worked hard to inspire the act of slavery to stop so that all colors, black or white, and all ethnicities were equal in power and got treated correctly by society.