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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a woman ahead of her times. Best known as the author of the best-seller ┐Uncle Tom┐s Cabin,┐ Stowe wrote more than 30 books over 50 years while raising seven children and running a household. Stowe was born in 1811 in Litchfield, Conn., to a preacher who spoke out against the practice of slavery long before it was fashionable. Stowe's book ┐Uncle Tom┐s Cabin┐ is credited with popularizing the abolitionist cause against slavery and is said to have contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War between the Northern United State and south. Legend has it that when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 he said, "So you're the little woman who w... Show more »
Harriet Beecher Stowe was a woman ahead of her times. Best known as the author of the best-seller ┐Uncle Tom┐s Cabin,┐ Stowe wrote more than 30 books over 50 years while raising seven children and running a household. Stowe was born in 1811 in Litchfield, Conn., to a preacher who spoke out against the practice of slavery long before it was fashionable. Stowe's book ┐Uncle Tom┐s Cabin┐ is credited with popularizing the abolitionist cause against slavery and is said to have contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War between the Northern United State and south. Legend has it that when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 he said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War!" After Stowe┐s scholarly husband retired, the family moved to Hartford, where she built her dream house. n 1873, she moved to her last home, the brick Victorian Gothic cottage-style house on Forest Street, which is open as a museum. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, adjacent to the Mark Twain House and Museum, has three historic buildings on 2.5 acres. « Show less

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  • Celebrating Juneteenth with Canadian history

    Celebrating Juneteenth with Canadian history
    February isn't the only time to celebrate black history, and the importance of June 19 is a prime example of why. Juneteenth* is just around the corner, and trips like these are a great way to explore the U.S. and Canada's natural and educational history. On a memorable black history tour I took a few years ago, I explored the "follow the moss" connection between the U.S. and Canada. The route taken from Chicago to Canada was in the same direction slaves took, by following the moss on the trees until they arrived north.
  • Historian's next stop: Paris

    Historian's next stop: Paris
    In one of his lesser known — but still exquisite — books, first published in 1992, David McCullough writes about painter Frederic Remington, an artist who captured the last glimmers of the twilight of the American West of the 19th century, a...

    Malloy Cutting More Than $11M In Arts Funding

    Malloy Cutting More Than $11M In Arts Funding
    Leaders in Connecticut's arts community were stunned Wednesday over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to cut more than $11 million in payments to local arts programs as of July 1. The proposed cuts have raised concern as more than 20 different programs have a...

    Check It Out: Celebrating 200 years of Dickens

    Earlier this month, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens was celebrated in an event held at his burial site in London's Westminster Abbey. In attendance were many writers, academics, and other enthusiasts of the man considered to be...

    Eve Ensler to Speak at Manchester's Cheney Hall

    Eve Ensler, playwrioght, author and activist, will speak at Cheney Hall, Manchester on May 6, in as collaborative presentation of The Mark Twain House & Museum, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and the World Affairs Council. Info: http://www....