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Harriet was born on June 14 1811 in Litchfield Connecticut There were eight children in the Beecher family and Harriet was the youngest of them all Her mother died in 1816 when Harriet was four and so the oldest daughter Catherine raised Harriet for most her life When Harriet was 21 she moved to Cincinnati Ohio where her father was a president at a ministry That is where Harriet met her husband Calvin Stowe They had 7 children together Harriet was one of very few women writers of the time who could get published in a magazine Some of her early storys were put in her first book The Mayflower The Mayflower was about the descendants of Puritans which had many characters that related to real people she knew in her life After her children were born she was thinking of writing bigger and better books Her husband supported her because they had little money She then moved her family to Maine after 18 years in Ohio She thought a lot about the stories she heard about slavery and about how her own life was in some ways similar to the slave situation and she had a vision She started writing about her vision of the slaves She submitted her writing to the newspaper and they put it out as a serial which is a portion of a story continuing on every day It was an immediate success so they decided to publish it as Uncle Toms Cabin the book It was then made into a drama It was an immediate success across the nation Many people when they first read Uncle Toms Cabin think of Harriet as being a compassionate southerner however her roots are deep within Yankee soil During the Civil War Stowe contributed a small part of her day as a part time assistant nurse Stowe became famous because of her writings and dramas and met many
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