Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Compiled from her Letters and Journals

Charles Edward STOWE (1850 - 1934)

Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896), of Cincinnati, was the most famous female American author of her age, and is said to have touched off the American Civil War with her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), awakening the whole world to the harsh conditions of slavery. She wrote 30 other successful books depicting life in early America, plus collections of well written articles and travellogues, poems, hymns, and speeches on social issues. Harriet's father and all 7 of her brothers were ministers, her 5 sisters teachers and/or social activists, a whole family concerned with improving society. Her father was the outspoken Calvinist preacher Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist minister who became one of the best-known evangelists of his age. Her younger brother, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, was one of the most famous orators of his day and with Harriet, was very active in the Underground Railroad, for which both were savagely attacked by the slave holding aristocracy. After the War, Harriet and her husband Calvin Stowe, a theology professor, and Henry all moved to north-east Florida to establish schools and churches to help educate the free negros who had fled there. In this book we see, through colorful letters written to family, friends, and other famous personages throughout her life, a very intimate portrait of a brilliantly emotional girl's inner life, a wife and mother's struggle raising 7 children at near poverty, her rise to fame and fortune, her and family's travels through Europe where they were feted by royalty, her depiction of the devastating sadness at losing 3 of her children early in their lives, her tortuous musings as to why God allows suffering, slavery and injustice, and her eventual reconciliation with God's grace and her ultimate devotion to Christ. - Summary by Michele Fry, Soloist.

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

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Play 00 Preface and Introduction Michele Fry
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Play 01 Ch.1- Childhood 1811-1824 Michele Fry
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Play 02 Ch. 2.1- School Days in Hartford, 1824-1832 Michele Fry
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Play 03 Ch. 2.2- School Days in Hartford, 1824-1832 Michele Fry
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Play 04 Ch. 3.1- Cincinnati, 1832-1836 Michele Fry
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Play 05 Ch. 3.2- Cincinnati, 1832-1836 Michele Fry
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Play 06 Ch. 4- Early Married Life, 1836-1840 Michele Fry
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Play 07 Ch. 5.1- Poverty and Sickness, 1840-1850 Michele Fry
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Play 08 Ch. 5.2- Poverty and Sickness, 1840-1850 Michele Fry
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Play 09 Ch. 6.1- Removal To Brunswick, 1850-1852 Michele Fry
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Play 10 Ch. 6.2- Removal To Brunswick, 1850-1852 Michele Fry
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Play 11 Ch. 7- Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852 Michele Fry
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Play 12 Ch. 8.1- First Trip To Europe, 1853 Michele Fry
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Play 13 Ch. 8.2- First Trip To Europe, 1853 Michele Fry
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Play 14 Ch. 9.1- Sunny Memories, 1853 Michele Fry
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Play 15 Ch. 9.2- Sunny Memories, 1853 Michele Fry
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Play 16 Ch. 10- From Over The Sea, 1853 Michele Fry
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Play 17 Ch. 11- Home Again, 1853-1856 Michele Fry
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Play 18 Ch. 12.1- Dred, 1856 Michele Fry
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Play 19 Ch. 12.2- Dred, 1856 Michele Fry
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Play 20 Ch. 13- Old Scenes Revisited, 1856 Michele Fry
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Play 21 Ch. 14.1- The Minister’s Wooing, 1857-1859 Michele Fry
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Play 22 Ch. 14.2- The Minister’s Wooing, 1857-1859 Michele Fry
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Play 23 Ch. 15- The Third Trip To Europe, 1859 Michele Fry
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Play 24 Ch. 16.1- The Civil War, 1860-1865 Michele Fry
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Play 25 Ch. 16.2- The Civil War, 1860-1865 Michele Fry
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Play 26 Ch. 17.1- Florida, 1865-1869 Michele Fry
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Play 27 Ch. 17.2- Florida, 1865-1869 Michele Fry
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Play 28 Ch. 18.1- Oldtown Folks, 1869 Michele Fry
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Play 29 Ch. 18.2- Oldtown Folks, 1869 Michele Fry
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Play 30 Ch. 19- The Byron Controversy, 1869-1870 Michele Fry
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Play 31 Ch. 20.1- George Eliot Michele Fry
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Play 32 Ch. 20.2- George Eliot Michele Fry
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Play 33 Ch. 21.1- Closing Scenes, 1870-1889 Michele Fry
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Play 34 Ch. 21.2- Closing Scenes, 1870-1889 Michele Fry
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