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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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  • Study In Contrasts: Connecticut And Civil War

    The shell from the Confederate mortar, its red fuse glowing “like the wings of a firefly,’’ according to one observer, hung briefly before beginning its descent and exploding directly over Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. That first...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Fantasy Xmas shopping for book lovers: Christie's droolworthy auction

     
    Looking for just the right gifts for the book lovers in your life? Today, in two auctions, Christie's is auctioning some rare and stunning literary artifacts. Cormac McCarthy's typewriter is only the beginning; there are first editions and letters and.......
  • Cormac McCarthy's $254,500 typewriter

     
    Cormac McCarthy's typewriter sold at auction today for 254,500 bones, more than 12 times the estimated cost of $15,000-$20,000. And the thing barely works! Functionality isn't the point, of course: Provenance is. It's notable that McCarthy has written all...
  • Art review: Glenn Ligon at Regen Projects

     
    "Rage can only with difficulty, and never entirely, be brought under the domination of the intelligence," the great American writer James Baldwin observed in 1953, "and is therefore not susceptible to any arguments whatever." An African American living in...
  • Happy birthday, Harriet Beecher Stowe!

     
    Author Harriet Beecher Stowe's 200th birthday is today....
  • Emily Dickinson and "these modern literati"

     
    A charming collection of Emily Dickinson's letters shows her father teasing her about liking "modern literati" -- modern, circa 1854....
  • Henry M: The Day One Man's Memory Died

    Henry M. was awake as the surgeon inserted a metal straw deep within his brain and suctioned out a piece of tissue the length of an index finger. The surgeon, William Beecher Scoville of West Hartford, talked to the 27-year-old Hartford man during the...