Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Birthday

Harriet Beecher Stowe by Francis Holl
Francis Holl (1815–1884) / Foter.com / Public Domain Mark 1.0

On June 14, 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe was born. I look back on her life and accomplishments with awe. So many things can sidetrack or derail a writing career completely. Yet, here’s Harriet, with seven children, taking on the country!

Writing Inspiration

How a woman in those days could make the headway she did in the publishing world is beyond me! It was tough – especially for women. Add to that the grueling task of supporting a household of nine, and I just can’t imagine. She obviously thought it was very important and made sure she had writing time. Many writers will say that they simply can’t help but write. They couldn’t give it up if they tried. I think this must have been true of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Moral Inspiration

If writing was difficult, how much more than to stand up for the abolition of slavery. She could have worked quietly behind the scenes, like many women did, never being acknowledged or noticed. In fact, Harriet’s family did help with the underground railroad. But, she went beyond helping to establishing a public presence. Knowing it would anger many people, Harriet stood up for what she knew was right. She took a stand.

Book List

Uncle Tom’s Cabin : This is a free Kindle edition. As you read this famous book, can you see why it fueled the anti-slavery movement and why some people say the negatives overshadow the good this book did?

Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers by Jean Fritz : I love Jean Fritz books. She has a way of presenting history that appeals to many children. This book is for children ages 8-12.

A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Adler/Bootman : Here is a book for younger readers that shows Harriet’s history in pictures. For ages 5-8.

Question: Which books do you recommend to know more about Harriet Beecher Stowe?

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