5 Facts about Harriet Beecher Stowe
1. Her occupation was activist, philanthropist, and author.
2. Her place of birth was Litchfield, Connecticut.
3. Her place of death was Hartford, Connecticut.
4. She was schooled at the Pierce Academy and at her sister was schooled in Catharine Beecher's Hartford Female Seminary.
5. Her siblings were Henry Ward Beecher, Catharine Beecher, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Edward Beecher, Charles Beecher, and Thomas K. Beecher. Her parents were Lyman Beecher and Roxana Beecher.
5 Facts about her importance to American history
1. She was important because her anti-slavery views and literature (Uncle Tom's Cabin) was a strong and great influence during the mid-19th century.
2. Stowe's impact was little to the US as slavery had already been abolished by most European countries and in their empires before she wrote 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.
3. The basis of her story touched Americans hearts and helped promote the abolitionist cause.
4. The publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin brought the issue of slavery home to millions of Americans and her works was against slavery.
5. The book was so popular it was translated into twenty-three languages. In 1853, she published The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which documented slavery as an abusive, inhumane system.
A Quote from Harriet
“It was on his grave, my friends, that I resolved, before God, that I would never own another slave, while it is possible to free him; that nobody, through me, should ever run the risk of being parted from home and friends, and dying on a lonely plantation, as he died. So, when you rejoice in your freedom, think that you owe it to that good old soul, and pay it back in kindness to his wife and children. Think of your freedom, every time you see Uncle Tom’s cabin; and let it be a memorial to put you all in mind to follow in his steps, and be as honest and faithful and Christian as he was.”
This quotation from Chapter XLIV is George Shelby’s speech to his slaves as he sets them all free. The speech explains the novel’s title and establishes the image of Uncle Tom’s cabin as the metaphor of the novel. When George Shelby sees the…