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Harriet Beecher Stowe was born June 14 1811 in Litchfield Connecticut She was the daughter of a Calvinist minister and she and her family was all devout Christians her father being a preacher and her siblings following Her Christian attitude much reflected her attitude towards slavery She was for abolishing it because it was to her a very unchristian and cruel institution Her novel therefore focused on the ghastly points of slavery including the whippings beatings and forced sexual encounters brought upon slaves by their masters She wrote the book to be a force against slavery and was joining in with the feelings of many other women of her time whom all became more outspoken and influential in reform movements including temperance and womens suffrage The main point of Harriet Beecher Stowe in the writing of Uncle Toms Cabin was to bring to light slavery to people in the north In this she hoped to eventually sway people against slavery The novel Uncle Toms Cabin focuses on the lives of two slaves who both start under the ownership of a Mr Shelby who is known as a man who treats his slaves well Mr Shelby however was indebted to a man of the name Haley who is a slave-trader In return for the debt owed to him Haley wants two slaves one being the son of a beautiful mulatto woman named Eliza and the other the devout Christian Tom who is called Father Tom because of his sermons Eliza is also a Christian as are the rest of the slaves on Shelbys farm Eliza loves her son dearly and rather than lose him to the slave-trader she takes him and heads to Canada where she can be free Haley follows but cant catch her before she goes from Kentucky the state of the Shelby Farm to Ohio Haley then sends slave-catchers after her He also goes back to the farm and brings Tom on
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