Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
The author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote on many subjects ranging from homemaking to religion in addition to her fictional works. Her best known work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was originally published as a serial in an abolitionist newspaper in 1851-52. In 1852, it was issued as a two volume book and translated into over sixty languages. After she and Uncle Tom’s Cabin became known worldwide, she used her influence to encourage women to organize petitions and lectures in an effort to abolish slavery. The Stowe family spent their winters in Florida where Harriet helped establish schools for African-American children. In 1873, the Stowes moved to Hartford, Connecticut. Harriet Beecher Stowe died in 1896. Her Hartford home is open to the public for tours.
- Article is reprinted from the NWHM Spring 2003 Newsletter.
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