Harriet Beecher Stowe
The woman who started the uprising to the war
Life before the war
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, in Litchfield, Connecticut. She taught school and socialized in literary circles. Harriet Beecher married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a clergyman and seminary professor, in 1836. He encouraged her to write.Harriet Beecher married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a clergyman and seminary professor, in 1836. He encouraged her to write.
Impact during the war
Life after the war
After the Civil War, the Stowe's purchased a house and property in Mandarin, FL, on the St. John's River, and began to travel south each winter.There were multiple reasons for their decision. The Beecher's and the Stowe's knew that racial equality required more than legislation; it also required education. Stowe's brother Charles Beecher (1815-1900) opened a Florida school to teach emancipated people, and he urged Calvin and Harriet Stowe to join him.Stowe and her family wintered in Mandarin for over 15 years before Calvin's health prohibited long travel.