Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe (1811-96), author of Uncle Tomís Cabin (1852), was the daughter of the outspoken New England Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher. Stowe, who began writing early in life, pioneered the use of slang and regional dialects in her works. Although Uncle Tomís Cabin remains the most famous of Stoweís writings, she published a number of others widely read in the nineteenth century, including Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (1856), Little Foxes (1866), and My Wife and I; or Harry Hendersonís History (1871). Stowe never spoke publically on behalf of abolition, but her name was one of the most closely associated with the cause. Stuart C. Henry, Unvanquished Puritan: A Portrait of Lyman Beecher (Grand Rapids, Mich., 1973), 291; and Joan D. Hedrick, Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life (New York, 1994), viii-xi, 475-76.

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