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Harriet Beecher Stowe

[Christopher Crowfield] (14 June 1811 - 1 July 1896 / Litchfield, Connecticut)

Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) was a depiction of life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom. It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She wrote more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential both for her writings and her public stands on social issues of the day.

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on June 14, 1811. She was the seventh of 13 children, ... more »

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  • ''A woman's health is her capital.''
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author. Household Papers and Stories, part 2, ch. 5 (1864).
  • ''Whatever offices of life are performed by women of culture and refinement are thenceforth elevated; they cease to be mere servile toils, and become expressions of the ideas of superior beings.''
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author. Household Papers and Stories, part 2, ch. 4 (1864).
  • ''...care and labor are as much correlated to human existence as shadow is to light ...''
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author. Household Papers and Stories, part 2, ch. 4 (1864).
  • ''True love ennobles and dignifies the material labors of life; and homely services rendered for love's sake have in them a poetry that is immortal.''
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author. Household Papers and Stories, part 2, ch. 4 (1864).
  • ''All places where women are excluded tend downward to barbarism; but the moment she is introduced, there come in with her courtesy, cleanliness, sobriety, and order.''
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author. Household Papers and Stories, part 2, ch. 2 (1864).
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