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“So you’re the little girl who wrote the guide that began this nice struggle.” Based on legend, these are the phrases President Abraham Lincoln mentioned upon assembly Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer of the favored anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, shortly after the beginning of the American Civil Warfare. The novel’s vivid depiction of the realities of slavery is commonly credited with serving to to alter the general public’s opinion of slavery and gasoline the abolitionist trigger main into the beginning of the Civil Warfare.
The writer and abolitionist was born on June 14, 1811 to a distinguished non secular household. She was the seventh of 13 kids born to Lyman Beecher, a distinguished Presbyterian minster, and Roxana Foote. Rising up, she acquired an training that was sometimes reserved for males on the time and adopted her father’s robust abolitionist beliefs. In 1936, she married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a distinguished critic of slavery.
In 1851, Stowe first revealed Uncle Tom’s Cabin as a 40-week serial within the abolitionist periodical, The Nationwide Period. The serial had change into so well-liked that the following yr it was launched as a guide. Demand for the guide as robust and it will change into the very best promoting novel of the nineteenth century.
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