14 June 2017 Susannah

Harriet Beecher Stowe – American novelist, born 14 June 1811

Harriet Beecher Stowe quote by Susannah Fullerton

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Harriet Beecher Stowe, born 14 June 1811

Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Francis Holl, 1853

Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Francis Holl, 1853

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time the tide will turn”

Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote one of the most influential books of all time – Uncle Tom’s Cabin published in 1852.

There is a story that when Abraham Lincoln met her, he credited her with writing the book that started the American Civil War. Even though it was a book with a purpose, and is at times painfully religious, it is still a good read and will keep your attention. The scene depicting Eliza grabbing her child and leaping over the moving ice of the Ohio River was incredibly famous in its day, and is still a very moving and exciting scene today. This is a novel that makes you see all too clearly why slavery had to be abolished. Northerners loved it, and Southerners hated it, but the book certainly had an amazing effect.

Harriet Beecher Stowe died on 1 July 1896, aged 85.

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   Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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