Why is Harriet Beecher Stowe’s work so important?

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Connecticut, U.S.A., into a large family. She was named after her aunt, Harriet Foote, who influenced deeply her thinking, especially with her strong belief in culture. In 1834, Stowe began her literary career when she won a prize contest of the Western Monthly Magazine. Soon, Stowe was a regular contributor of stories and essays. Her first book, ‘The May flower’, appeared in 1843.

Stowe published over 30 books, but her most famous book is undoubtedly the children’s book ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’. It is the story of a pious slave called Uncle Tom, and Stowe’s book is very important, because it showed the nation how cruel the system of slavery was. Uncle Tom’s Cabin became an instant best seller, and millions of copies of the book have been sold.