Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact Sheet: Who was Harriet Beecher Stowe? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact File: Lifespan: 1811 Ė 1896 *** Full Name: Harriet Beecher Stowe *** Occupation: American Abolitionist and Author *** Date of Birth: Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14th 1811 *** Place of Birth: Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, America *** Family background: Her father was Lyman Beecher and her mother Roxana Foote. Both of her parents were very religious people, her father an outspoken religious leader. General Andrew Ward took part in the Revolutionary War and was her maternal grandfather *** Early life and childhood: She grew up with twelve siblings several of which would also become famous, her sister Catharine Beecher became an author and teacher, her brothers Henry Charles and Edward would all become ministers as well as preachers and abolitionists *** Education: Harriet Beecher Stowe attended a girls seminary school which was overseen by her sister Catharine. She was taught in the traditional male way including classics, languages and mathematics ***
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 1:
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on
June 14th 1811 and during the 19th
century period in history when there
was much change across Europe and
the world, the first and second
French, Spanish, Chinese and Holy
Roman Empires all collapsed and
Europe would see two World Wars.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 6:
It was through the literary club
that she made the acquaintance of
Calvin Ellis Stowe. Calvin was a
professor who worked at the seminary
and was also a widower.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 8:
The pair were also great believers
in the Underground Railroad which
offered safe houses and secret
routes to enable them to travel to
Canada where they could begin to
live free lives. The couple even hid
runaway slaves in their own home.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 10: Harriet and her husband were living in Brunswick, Main as her husband had been given a teaching post at Bowdoin College.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 11:
While attending the college chapel
for a communion service, Harriet had
a vision, a dying slave, and this
vision had such an affect on her she
felt compelled to write about it.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 15:
In November of 1862, after the end
of the Civil War, Harriet Stowe was
invited to meet with President
Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C.
At their meeting it was alleged he
greeted her by saying "so you are
the little woman who wrote the book
that started this great war."
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 17: Although she was only part of the publication for one year, Harriet was one of the earlier editors of the magazine Hearth and Home, a publication directed solely at women.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Fact 18:
Her husband Calvin died in 1886 and
from that point forward her mind
began to deteriorate. She began to
re-write Uncle Tomís Cabin as if it
were the first time, writing
virtually word for word as she had
written the original.
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