New England Authors–Harriet Beecher Stowe
It is possible that this author had a greater effect upon American society than any other person of her era. After meeting with her, Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, “So this is the little lady that made this big war.”
Born in Connecticut in 1811, Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852 and crystallized Northern abolitionist sentiment prior to the American Civil War. After reading the book, people who previously harbored slight anti-slavery sentiments were stirred by her vivid portrayal of injustice, and became committed to its elimination.
Indeed, Harriet Beecher Stowe was a woman with a strong moral purpose. Her conscience dominated the second half of the nineteenth century in the United States.