Harriet Beecher Stowe Contributions

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Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was one of 13 intellectually promising children born to Lyman Beecher, a leading Congregationalist minister, and Roxana Foote Beecher. Harriet attended Sarah Pierce’s academy where she had excelled as a child. Her school was one of the earliest schools to encourage young girls to study academic subjects.
In 1831, Harriet and her family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to be with her father at the Lane Theological Seminary. While she was there, she joined the Semi-colon club; which was a literary salon and social club that her sisters also took part in. During her time at the social club she had met Calvin Ellis Stowe who was a Biblical Scholar and they later married in January of 1836. The couple had seven children together; it was hard for her to manage being a wife and struggled to keep their marriage intact. In order to support the family, she started publishing short stories and started homeschooling their children, this is where most of the income came from. The family moved to Maine, Brunswick. Harriet’s husband encouraged her to pursue her career as a writer.
Harriet’s career
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One of the origins of the Civil War was based on the issue of slavery. Before the Civil War, a lot of debates and disagreements were going on between the North and the South. The Northern States did not want the expansion of slavery, and they desired to eliminate it. The Southern States wanted to encourage it since slaves were important parts of power and the plantation. By populating the book with characters both sympathetic and crooked, it allowed readers to relate even more and therefore she was able to get her message across. The book emotionally stirred the hearts of the Northerners, who wanted to end the slavery, and angered the slave promoting

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