Inspiration August 16, 2016
NAME: Harriet Beecher Stowe
LIFETIME: June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896
WHAT SHE IS KNOWN FOR: Harriet Beecher Stowe is known for writing the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and being the woman who campaigned fiercely for abolition.
WHY WE LOVE HER: Stowe benefited from growing up in a family that taught her about diversity and how slavery was morally wrong. However, she went even further in her life convictions. Stowe actively supported the Underground Railroad and housed fugitive slaves in her home. In fact, the inspiration for “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” came through a vision she had of a dying slave. Stowe sat down to write the most popular anti-slavery novel of all time. Naturally, the South was enraged with the book and created a new genre of anti-Tom novels. However, they didn’t hold a candle to Stowe.
FUN FACT: At the outset of the civil war, Stowe set out to meet Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C. What happened between the President and Stowe’s relationship remains a mystery, but it is believed that he said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”
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