Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Best remembered as the author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe was born into a talented Litchfield family headed by noted preacher Lyman Beecher. After attending the Litchfield Female Academy, Stowe studied and later taught at the Hartford Female Seminary, headed by her sister Catherine. In 1832 the family moved to Ohio, where she began publishing her work and married biblical scholar Calvin Ellis Stowe. After struggles with poverty, poor health, domestic strife, and the death of a child, Stowe found financial security and international fame with the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the 1850s. After a long and varied writing career, she died in Hartford.

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Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. “Harriet Beecher Stowe,” 2016. Link.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. “Nook Farm Map,” 2009. Link.


“Harriet Beecher Stowe Center,” 2017. Link.


Yale University. “Guide to the Beecher Family Papers,” 2016. Link.
Connecticut Digital Archive. “Harriet Beecher Stowe Collection,” n.d. Link.


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Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly. Boston, MA: J. P. Jewett, 1852. Link.


Ashton, Susanna. “‘A Genuine Article’: Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Andrew Jackson.” Common Place 13, no. 4 (Summer 2013). Link.