Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Slavery was a very divisive and controversial issue throughout the country during the antebellum period. For most of the new country of the United States, the spread of slavery was highly contested and debated. Most Americans disagreed with the practice of slavery, but many did not think emancipation was the answer. However, in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a narrative describing the evils and malpractices of slavery. This novel changed the public opinion of forced servitude which ultimately had a significant effect on the already sectionalist nation. Although most southern slave owners disagreed with her opinion, Harriet Beecher Stowe accurately represented the practice of slavery in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Known by Abraham Lincoln as “the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war”, Harriet Elizabeth Beecher was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was the sixth of eleven children whom all grew to become important public figures. All seven sons became minister, the oldest daughter pioneered women’s education, and the youngest daughter founded the National Women’s Suffrage Association. It's very appropriate to say that Stowe was born into a family of innovators.
Primarily, one of Stowe's largest influence in her abolitionist ideas was her brother, Henry Ward Beecher, who was "already an outspoken abolitionist"; by the 1850s, he would become the "driving force" for Free Soil movement in banning slavery in Kansas. Although this was a significant influence, Stowe decided to write the novel after visiting Cincinnati; she wrote several short stories of all the monstrosities and mistreatments of slaves she witnessed and heard of. She finally combined these short stories and published Uncle...

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