Harriet Beecher Stowe's Life During The Civil War

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One of the most well known people during the Civil war was Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harriet Beecher Stowe was born June 14th 1811 as Harriet Elizabeth Beecher to her parents Lyman Beecher and Roxana Foote in Connecticut (SOURCE). At just the age of four Stowe’s mother died, she was then sent away to live with other family on a farm. It was there that she learned to read and write but she also witnessed slaves and the awful way that they were treated this image “bothered her deeply” as child (SOURCE). Through her education she received from “Ma’am” Kilbourne’s school, Litchfield Academy and Western Female Institute she became an extremely successful writer (SOURCE). Out of her many novels, poems and essays her most well known work Uncle Tom 's…show more content…
One major event was the Missouri Compromise, In 1820 there were 11 free states and 11 slave states in the United States (). When Missouri proposed to enter the union as slave state, it caused the balance between the free and the slave states to be unequal. Once that happened Senator Henry Clay proposed the Missouri Compromise, which would admit Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state. As part of the Missouri Compromise Congress created the imaginary line at latitude 36,30 N. Which meant slavery would be permitted in the Louisiana Purchase south of this line. This event did not go over well because it showed the north in an aggressive manner about being anti-slavery which caused more tension over slavery. Another key event that took place leading up to the Civil War was the Wilmot Proviso, which was a law that was created by David Wilmot of Pennsylvania. That had called for a ban on slavery in any lands won from the Mexican War. However it ended up not passing in Congress but this event heated up the debate over slavery in the new territories. Since the tensions were already high over slavery this event only sparked the war to occur even more. The final main event that was a cause leading up to the Civil War was The Fugitive Slave Act, which was a law that required all citizens to help catch runaway slaves. For those who let fugitive slaves escape would be fined $1,000 (SOURCE). This was huge because this law enraged many of the northerns whom were

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