Harriet Beecher Stowe

Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin

We don't own your laws; we don't own your country; we stand here as free, under God's sky, as you are; and, by the great God that made us, we'll fight for our liberty till we die.
  • Name Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Birth 14 June 1811
    Litchfield, Connecticut, U.S.
  • Death: 1 July 1896
    Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.

Life Sketch

The daughter of a well–known American clergyman, Harriet Beecher Stowe became a powerful voice for abolition with the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin between 1851 and 1852. This novel first appeared in the form of a magazine serial, which did not gain much attention. When sold as a separate book, however, sales reached 300,000 copies within the first year and was soon translated into other languages. Numerous reprints followed. The book helped galvanize the North against slavery and engendered anger in the South. During and after the Civil War, Stowe continued to speak out about the social issues of her day.


Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1850 census, Maine Cumberland County Brunswick town, page 91.

1850 US Census

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1880 census, Connecticut Hartford County Hartford District 6, page 31.

1880 US Census