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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  • The African race evidently are made to excel in that department which lies between the sensuousness and the intellectual—what we call the elegant arts. These require rich and abundant animal natu...
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. novelist, antislavery campaigner. Clayton, in Dred, ch. 29 (1856).
  • One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionabl...
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. novelist, anti-slavery campaigner. "Dress, or Who Makes the Fashions," Atlantic Monthly (Boston, 1864).
  • ''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).
  • ''To do common things perfectly is far better worth our endeavor than to do uncommon things respectably.''
    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), U.S. author. Household Papers and Stories, ch. 10 (1864).
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