Have you ever heard of Harriet Beecher Stowe? I hadn’t until I studied her. She was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. Harriet grew up with 4 sisters and 5 brothers and was the 7th child. Her parents were Lyman and Roxana Beecher. Lyman was a fiery-tongued preacher. He was also high-spirited and demanding. Lyman said when Harriet was born that he wanted all sons. Roxana was smart, quiet and bookish. When Harriet was 4, Roxana died so her dad married Harriet Porter and she had 3 kids.
When Harriet was 13 she went to Hartford female seminary in 1824. She was thought to have gotten a boys schooling. Her sister Catherine was her teacher. Harriet was very good at writing. She was so good that she started teaching when she was 16!
Did you know that Harriet had a ton of different personalities? Here are some of them, shy, frail, absent-minded and moody. Sometimes she was in a dream world and sometimes she was alert and full of energy.
When Harriet was 21 she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to join her father. At age 25 Harriet married Calvin Ellis Stowe. Calvin worked at Bowdoin College. They had 6 kids named Eliza, Harriet, Henry, Fredrick, Samuel and Charles. When Harriet was 39 she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This book was thought to have started the Civil War! Harriet and Calvin supported the Underground Railroad. They housed many slaves. Harriet eventually moved to Brunswick, Maine.
When Harriet was 51 she met Abraham Lincoln. Harriet passed away at 85 on July 1, 1896 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Harriet Beecher Stowe wanted to abolish slavery. Her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped a lot of people realize how bad slavery was. It also helped Abraham Lincoln get elected. I’ve learned a lot about Harriet Beecher Stowe since I started studying her.