Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) was an abolitionist writer and author of the 1852 novel Uncle Toms Cabin. Stowe was born into the prominent religious and intellectual Beecher family. She began her writing career in 1839 after marrying the Reverend Calvin Stowe in Cincinnati. The Stowes relocated to Maine for Calvin’s professorship at Bowdoin, and Harriet began writing her most famous work. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in March 1852 and achieved astounding success. The controversial book inspired many Americans to take a more sympathetic view of abolition. Though she continued publishing, none of Stowe’s later books had as great an impact or met with such wide success.

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