Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 - July 1, 1896)

Stowe was an abolitionist, novelist and poet. Her 1852 novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was a depiction of life for African-Americans under slavery. Stowe wrote more than 20 books (novels and poetry), and was influential both for her writings and her public stances on social issues of the day. She was born in Litchfield, and died in Hartford. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford is the house where Stowe lived for the last 23 years of her life. It was next door to the house of fellow author Mark Twain.
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