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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

Edited by Louis P. Masur

in “… The Real War Will Never Get in the Books”

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780195098372
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098372.003.0013
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

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Harriet Beecher Stowe, at age twenty-one, moved with her family from Hartford to Cincinnati, where her father headed Lane Theological Seminary and where she met her husband, Calvin Ellis Stowe. It was here that she became interested in the public questions of the day, especially abolition. She later published, in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly became, next to the Bible, the best-selling book of the century. In 1853, she received a document from the women of Great Britain and Ireland, some half-million of them, imploring their sisters in America to devote themselves to the destruction of slavery. The address remained unanswered, until the British themselves disgusted Stowe and other Unionists with their tacit support of the Confederacy, until Abraham Lincoln gave assurances that the Emancipation Proclamation would indeed be issued on the first of January.

Keywords: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Calvin Ellis Stowe; Uncle Tom's Cabin; slavery; Emancipation Proclamation

Chapter.  8610 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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