Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Critique Of Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Published in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin influenced a generation of Americans and developed their opposition to slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. This novel aided the abolitionist in their endeavor of expelling slavery. As an activist and abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe helped provoke the Civil War when she published the controversial Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s adversities, early childhood, and later adult life became muses and inspiration for her work. One word that could describe all of Stowe’s life is “subservience” (Adams 19). Since she lacked the guidance and protection from a mother, as a little girl she was forced to oblige with her father’s, Lyman Beecher, strictness and strength (Adams 19). Later, she faced her sister’s strictness equal to her father’s. Then, as a married woman to Calvin Stowe, she faced poverty and bad health along with raising a large family (Adams 19). The Beecher family was strictly religiously oriented, shown through daily worship. Her dad was adamant and strict about what he wanted. As stated by multi- published author, John R. Adams, He ordered the boys to be ministers and didn’t care about the girl’s future because all they had to do was marry a preacher (21). The one time her dad praised her for being a genius, he instantly undercut her by saying he wished she was a boy (Adams 21). This reveals her father’s apparent prejudice and as a result, Stowe never forgot the neglect
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