Harriet Beecher Stowe Biography

analytical Essay
3252 words
3252 words

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born Harriet Beecher in Litchfield, Connecticut on June 14, 1911 to Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote. She was one of eleven children, to be precise the sixth child, though not all of her siblings were of the same mother. In 1915, at the age of four, Harriet lost her mother due to an illness, the trauma of the loss stayed with her and even influenced her later writings. After the loss she was taken by her Aunt Harriet Foote to her Grandmother's home in Nut Plains. She stayed there for a few months during the winter of that year where she already started to display a literary mind with developing the ability to read and memorize whole passages from the Bible. Her father, a reverend and conservative abolitionist, soon remarried to Harriet Porter when Harriet was six years old. She described her stepmother as a fair, delicate looking creature that was also as she described "of a type noble but severe, naturally hard, correct, exact and exacting, with intense natural and moral ideality" (Stowe, p. 13). Her stepmother although kind, was a little flustered by inheriting eight new children and maintained some distance from them, focusing more on her own children, Harriet's half-siblings.
Once Harriet was of age to attend school she started going to Litchfield Academy and soon was one of the top students. Always trying to impress her father she would later tell others that the proudest moment in her life occurred when she was twelve and her father visited the school, it was there that he heard an essay which he found exemplary. He inquired about which student had written it and when told that it was his own daughter's he praised her highly. (Stowe, p. 14) Soon after Harriet's eldest sister Charlotte, her senior ...

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... to the opposition and view of the book for being overly dramatic and exaggerated. (Weinstein, p. 17) Her name remained tarnished even into the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s when it was proclaimed by one writer, James Baldwin, that the story had helped ingrain racism into the white American culture. Not until the 1970s did the name Harriet Beecher Stowe regain positive recognition with the rise of the feminist movement. These second wave feminists worked to get the book into schools and to give recognition to positive female role models throughout American history. Her writings on slavery and their impact on the United States during its tumultuous time of deciding on its moral stance on slavery was great and has been immortalized in our history as Harriet Beecher Stowe's legacy has survived even into the 21st century, being taught in schools across the country.

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  • Explains that harriet beecher stowe was born in litchfield, connecticut on june 14, 1911. she was one of eleven children, though not all of her siblings were of the same mother.
  • Narrates how harriet's father visited litchfield academy and praised her for her exemplary essay. her younger sister, charlotte, started a school for women called hartford female seminary.
  • Narrates how lyman beecher was offered a position as president of lane theological seminary in cincinnati, ohio. harriet helped her sister establish the western female institute.
  • Describes how harriet beecher was introduced to slavery while visiting kentucky with a colleague, miss mary dutton, who took her to the plantation where she saw firsthand the plight of the slaves.
  • Narrates how the stowe family gained firsthand knowledge about slavery when they hired a young black female slave, who was legally free. the experience helped fuel harriet's imagination and contributed to the creation of "uncle tom’s cabin."
  • Narrates how harriet was brought to life after the fugitive slave act was passed by congress in 1850.
  • Narrates how harriet and her husband engaged in philanthropic efforts and wrote a "key to uncle tom's cabin" after receiving complaints that the facts were unfounded.
  • Narrates how harriet was able to communicate with lady byron after gaining the rights to "dred" in england, which sold well there. she traveled through europe once again, revisiting paris, italy, and then back to the united states.
  • Narrates how harriet found the united states on the brink of the civil war when her youngest son, frederick, enlisted right away when the call for volunteers came.
  • Narrates how harriet bought a plantation in florida to help frederick along after enduring the pain and trouble that came with the wound.
  • Explains harriet's role in the byron controversy scandal in 1869, when her husband and his mistress slandered her and her friend. the backlash and scandals influenced her retreat from the public eye, finding sanctuary in florida.
  • Describes harriet's end as many people that she had known throughout her life were starting to die. she spent her last winter in florida in 1883-1884, when her husband succumbed to his illnesses and within the year her brother henry died.
  • Explains that harriet beecher stowe penned many books throughout her long career that spanned over fifty years. her most famous and well-known book was "uncle tom's cabin."
  • Analyzes how harriet's story of uncle tom, written with exaggerated dramatics, leapt from the pages of the book to the theater.
  • Analyzes how harriet's impact on society during the 19th century was met with a variety of responses in the united states.
  • Analyzes how harriet continued to write many books throughout her lifetime, none as influential and famous as "uncle tom's cabin." her book "dred" showed how slavery hurt the country not only ethically but as a whole society.
  • Analyzes how harriet beecher stowe's influence waned after her death in the late 19th century, but her writings on slavery and their impact on the united states during its tumultuous time were immortalized in our history.
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