Harriet Beecher Stowe


A woman known for her anti-slavery beliefs despite much opposition of the day is Harriet Beecher Stowe. This lady come from a staunch abolitionist family and was not afraid to voice her opinion by means of her literary talent. She is probably best known for her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin; a book with a strong abolitionist agenda. She was also well-respected in reformed circles and often asked to voice her opinion on many social and religious issues.

A solid family life

Harriet Beecher Stowe came from a Christian family that held firm to their reformed beliefs. Her father was a well respected religious leader whose opinion was sought on many matters. Harriet also had seven brothers who became ministers, one of whom became extremely well known for his ministry travels. It was perhaps this solid foundation in Harriet’s family life that led her to voice her opinions on slavery by means of her writing talent.

Abolitionist and novelist

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe which tells the story of two slaves who are to be sold from a kind family to a harsh one. One of the slaves is Tom, a kind hearted man whose journey begins on his way to the slave market and transitions as he is removed from one location to the next. On the way, he meets many different characters—some nice, and others cruel. The book has a strong anti-slavery message which conveyed the feelings of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her family.

Strong moral opinions

Harriet wrote more than Uncle Tom’s Cabin, but it is the book she is best known for. Because of her influence in religious circles, Harriet was often asked to advise on certain issues of the day. She worked among fellow reformed families and was known as a woman who was happy to serve others. Her views were also very popular among reformers, most of whom had the same abolitionist views as she did.

Perhaps the hero of Harriet’s life was actually her father. A man who was able to raise such a large family and influence all of them to strong Christian views. He is a testament to the power of parental example. Harriet used her writing talents to further a good cause and her writings certainly contributed to the anti-slavery views we hold today. Uncle Tom’s Cabin will always stay as popular now as it was when it was written.



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