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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Joan D. Hedrick

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096392.001.0001
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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This book travels the multi-layered world of 19th-century morals and mores in this absorbing story of a gifted and complex writer whose place in the canon is still contended. Harriet Beecher Stowe, daughter of a preacher, married to a poor Biblical scholar, and mother of nine, had the early good fortune of an education at a school founded by her feminist older sister. To help support her family, Stowe began to write. In 1851, born of evangelical outrage against slavery, her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin made her famous. Today, the very name conveys white paternalism and black passivity, but this book points out that this unfairly ignores the “freedom narrative” of a book that had an electrifying effect on the abolitionist cause. When Abraham Lincoln met Stowe in 1862 he joked, “So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”.

Keywords: 19th-century morals; writer; Harriet Beecher Stowe; slavery; Uncle Tom's Cabin; black passivity; abolitionists

Book.  516 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Litchfield: 1816–1824 in Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Year of Decision: 1827–1828 in Harriet Beecher Stowe

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A Republic of Women: 1829–1832 in Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The West: 1832–1833 in Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Parlor Literature: 1833–1834 in Harriet Beecher Stowe

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