Harriet Beecher Stowe : The Fight For Freedom Of All People Essay

1301 Words Sep 18th, 2015 6 Pages
To wake up each morning in one’s own bed, to walk about each day at one’s own will, to lay down to sleep each night belonging only to one’s self: this is what it means to be free. The very definition of humanity calls for the freedom to own one’s own soul and decide where that soul should roam. It is easy to forget that not every human being has known this priceless gift of God- not of God’s own will but of the will of another free human being. This outrageous injustice of stealing another’s freedom and playing God is the very reason wars are fought. Harriet Beecher Stowe renewed the fight for freedom of all people in the pre-civil war era, amidst great criticism, in her great work Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Born one of eleven children in Connecticut, Harriet Beecher Stowe must have known what it meant to stand up for oneself. A minister’s daughter, Stowe was brought up Puritan and in a home that upheld the dignity of the piano and the acceptance of friends of all races ("Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe"). Her early mingling with African American children accounts for her upright attitude towards all people. Instead of becoming one of the hypocritical Northerners, present even in her own story, who only wanted freedom for slaves if their freedom was carried out elsewhere. Stowe also showed an early aptitude for writing while seven of her brothers became ministers, following in her father’s pious footsteps. Stowe’s education, “like that of most Puritan children, was two-thirds…

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