In 1962, Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe. According to legend, he said, “So you’re the little lady who wrote the book that started this Great War” (Harriet Beecher Stowe Center). Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a controversial novel written about slavery during the 1800s, sparked many of the feelings that would eventually escalate into causing the bloodiest war America had ever seen. At the start of the novel, Mr. Shelby, a Kentucky plantation owner, must sell two of his slaves in order to settle his debt with Haley, a slave trader. Going against his conscience, he decides to sell Tom, an old religious and faithful slave, and Harry, a bright toddler.
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All seven of her brothers were ministers. Her brother, Henry Ward Beecher, was an outspoken abolitionist and clergyman. He was the “driving force” behind the Free Soil cause in “Bleeding Kansas” (ushistory.org) . Harriet’s sister, Catharine, was an education reformer for women and opened a school, the Hartford Female Seminary, where Harriet attended and later taught at. This was where she developed and furthered her writing talents.
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The controversy over the institution of slavery The study of slavery and its means has always been a controversy in the society-was it a necessary evil or was it an unimportant mean to boost up white morale? The topic has always been of interest to historians, and the frequency of the event in the earlier centuries proves to be a serious debate among people. Slavery is controversial as people of the past practiced it without remorse, while today one cannot even think about owning someone as theirs. Some might argue that slavery was good for the Southern economy during the 17th century, but the institution itself was more than just the outcomes it brought. Slavery was an evil institution because it was a brutal practice, it reinforced a racial caste system in the South and it was sexually demeaning.