Quiz Bio: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (14 Jun 1811 – 01 Jul 1896) is best known for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, but she did far more than that. In Cincinnati, she was a part of the Underground Railroad and friends with all the major players. She wrote under pseudonyms trying to quell white rioters, advocated publicly for abolition, and gathered stories for what would become Uncle Tom’s Cabin–the book that would cause the Civil War, according to Lincoln. It was her grief over the loss of her child, she reports, that led her to abolition. Simultaneously, Harriet wrote poems of domesticity and religion.