Harriet Beecher Stowe

Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good

Harriet Growing Up

Harriet was born on June 14,1811 in Litchfield, CT. She grew up in a family with 10 other brothers and sisters. Her mother had passed away when Harriet was only 5 years old. After that her oldest sister Catherine became her influence. Her father didn't acknowledge her much, so when she was in the 5th grade she won a school essay writing contest to earn praise from her father, bad sadly it didn't work. That is when Harriet realized that her true passion was writing.(www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org)

Becoming an Adult

When Harriet was 21 she moved with her sister Catherine to Cincinnati, Ohio. That is where Harriet met her fiance, Calvin Ellis Stowe. Once the got marred they moved to a new home and has six of their seven children. Harriet continued writing and then took it as a job. She became very successful with her 30 published books, but the mot famous one was " Uncle Tom's Cabin ". (www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org)

The Abolitionist

Harriet knew how slaves felt when they would be separated from families. Harriet had a 18 month old son, Charley, who had contracted cholera. And at the time there was no cure for this infectious disease, so Harriet just had to watch her son suffer and die. So then Harriet knew how all the mothers felt losing their child and never seeing them again. When Harriet found out that one of her servants was a runaway slave she and her husband helped her connect with people in the Underground Railroad. Harriet never spoke out publicly about her disgust for slavery. But one day, Harriet got a letter from her younger sister Isabella. It stated, " Hattie, if I could use a pen as you can, I would write something that would make this whole nation feel what an accursed thing slavery is." (www.shmoop.com)

Her Last Few Years

Harriet lived to be a very old woman. But unfortunately most of her loved ones died before her. In 1878 Harriet's older sister Catherine died. In 1886 he husband died. In 1890 her daughter died do to abuse. All these deaths sent her into depression and she was alone. Stowe died in her sleep on July 1, 1896. On her coffin they put a wreath that wrote, " The children of Uncle Tom." In honor of her.

A few pictures of Harriet and family


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"Hariet Beecher Stowe." Shmoop. Web. 21 Apr. 2015. http://www.shmoop.com/harriet-beecher-stowe/.

Picture 1:"File:Beecher-Stowe.jpg." Wikimedia Commons. Pieter Kuiper, 21 Oct. 2009. Web. 21 Apr. 2015. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beecher-Stowe.jpg>.\

Picture 2:"Harriet Beecher Stowe." Dcphotoartist. 23 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2015. <http://dcphotoartist.com/tag/harriet-beecher-stowe/>.

Picture 3:"Introduction." An American Family: The Beecher Tradition. Library Newman. Web. 21 Apr. 2015. <http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/library/alumni/online_exhibits/digital/2001/beecher/intro.htm>.

Picture 4:"Governor Stearns Greeting Harriet Beecher Stowe on the Steps of the Capitol - Tallahassee, Florida." Florida Memory. Florida Department of State. Web. 21 Apr. 2015. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/24608>.