Andover, Kansas, and Europe: 1854–1857

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI:
Andover, Kansas, and Europe: 1854–1857

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Harriet Beecher Stowe had used the first check from Uncle Tom's Cabin to renovate an old stone structure in Andover for use as the Stowe family residence. The “Stone Cabin” stood between Andover Theological Seminary and Phillips Andover Academy. It had been used in former times as a carpentry shop for the manual-labor students at the seminary; in more recent years it had been converted to a gymnasium. Harriet transformed this shell into a domestic space that satisfied her taste for light and beauty. The centerpiece was a long parlor that ran the width of the house. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, a child of eight when the Stowes came to Andover remember this. Harriet's European education extended her notion of both “woman” and “artist.” The pressure of writing Uncle Tom's Cabin, followed closely by the Key and then her English trip, had kept Harriet busy for two and a half years. Now she turned her attention to her children.

Keywords: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Uncle Tom's Cabin; Andover; Elizabeth Stuart Phelps; education

Chapter.  10001 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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