Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abolitionist

Harriet's Life

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. She died of old age and declined health on July 1, 1896 in Hartford, Connecticut. She was born to Lyman Beecher and Roxana Beecher. She was married toCalin Stowe.She was one of 13 children.

Early LIfe

Harriet enrolled in a school run by her sister Catharine. At the age of 21, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where her father had become the head of the Lane Theological Seminary. That's where she met and married her husband, Calvin Stowe. They had a son, Samuel Charles Stowe who died, of chlora at the age of 18-months old.

Why Did She Become An Abolitionist?

Harriet Beecher Stowe was most known for "Uncle Tom's Cabin" the reason she wrote this was because one day she was in town and came up across a slave auction, she saw a mother ripped apart from her child. This image kept popping up in her mind, and everytime she thought about it, it made her madder and madder. So she decided to do something about it.

How Did She Affect Abolishment?

Writing Uncle Tom's Cabin, she was able to show people what they didn't see. Most people thought "out of sight, out of mind" but once they heard the real first-hand accounts, they could not believe what was happening so some of them tried to do something more about it.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin's first installment was on June 5, 1851. In 1852 it was published as a two volume book. It was a best seller in the United States, and translated into over 60 languages.