Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) played an important role in the start of the Civil War. In 1851, she started writing a story that appeared in an antislavery newspaper in weekly installments. It was very popular, and in 1852, the story was published as a book called Uncle Tom's Cabin. This book described the suffering of slaves in the South, and aroused much sympathy and anti-slavery sentiment in the North.
An extensive collection about Uncle Tom's Cabin can be found at Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture: A Multi-media Archive (http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/).
To learn more about Harriet Beecher Stowe, visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center at http://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org.
Citation - Document 99
Courtesy National Archives, no. 208-N-25004