Women’s History Month – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 – 1896) was another young who faced tragedy early, and received an education not representative of the time of her childhood.  Her other died when she was young.  A step mother and three step children soon joined the family.  Her father allowed his daughters to study the arts as was expected of young women at the time.  However, in addition, he expected them to study the more classical style books that her brothers learned from.
She is a famous writer, and changed much of the world as we know it through her portrayal of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  This look at how slavery, and an attempt to escape it tore apart individuals, and families has stood the test of time.  It is relevant today, as any social ill can be recognized as tearing both the individual and the family apart.  That river.  The river of hope that leads between the past, the brutal past, and the future, the one of dreams.
She wrote before and after the Civil War.  After the Civil War, her family bought a winter home in Florida.  Not like today’s snowbirds.  While they may have taken a day of rest, they spent most of there time there teaching the former slaves and their children so that they could become a part of the local economies.
Her siblings also played similar roles in history.  Her brothers went into the church to reach as many people as possible.  Her sister Catherine, was another author and teacher.  Her sister, Isabella, helped in many of the women’s right movements.  A full family of hope for equality for all.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://www.biography.com/people/harriet-beecher-stowe-9496479#synopsis

https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/hbs/

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