Harriet Beecher Stowe may not be the most famous name in our nation’s history, nor the face one pictures when someone mentions “American literature”, but she is still one of the most influential writers of American history and continues to make an impact today. She was one of the most important authors in our history, all because of a book she wrote called Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The reason why Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the most important people in United States’ history was because of her contribution to the outbreak and even the resolution of the Civil War by characterizing the battle and immorality of slavery in her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, while gaining support (and hatred) from across the world.
On June 14, 1811, one of our nation’s most impactful authors was born. Harriet Elizabeth Beecher was born to Reverend Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote Beecher in Litchfield, Connecticut. Rev. Lyman was a renown Presbyterian minister and moral reformer. The
Harriet Beecher Stowe sixth of eleven children, Harriet’s siblings made impacts on society, as well. All seven of her brothers were ministers. Her brother, Henry Ward Beecher, was an outspoken abolitionist and clergyman. He was the “driving force” behind the Free Soil cause in “Bleeding Kansas” (ushistory.org) . Harriet’s sister, Catharine, was an education reformer for women and opened a school, the Hartford Female Seminary, where Harriet attended and later taught at. This was where she developed and furthered her writing talents. In 1832, Harriet moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with her family when her father was appointed president of Lane Theological Seminary. There in Cincinnati, a various and culturally unique city at the time, Harriet met many runaway and fugitive slaves and h…
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