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Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the daughter of renowned minister Lyman Beecher. She attended an all-girls school in Hartford, Connecticut, run by her sister Catherine. In 1832, Stowe moved to Cincinnati, eventually marrying Calvin Stowe, a biblical scholar and an educational reformer who encouraged her writing. Stowe is most famous for her anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852). Written in response to the Fugitive Slave Law and the death of her son, the book stirred passionate debate on the eve of the American Civil War. According the popular legend, President Lincoln is said to have described Stowe as “the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War.” Uncle Tom’s Cabin was one of the 19th century’s bestselling, most translated books and continues to draw scholarly attention for its use of sentiment and its racial politics.

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