Harriet Beecher Stowe grew up in a family in which her seven brothers were expected to be successful preachers and the four girls were never to speak in public. But slavery made Harriet so angry she couldn't keep quiet.
Although she used a pen rather than her voice to convince people of the evils of slavery, Harriet became more famous than any of her brothers. She firmly believed that words could make change, and by writing Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe hastened the Civil War and changed the course of America history.
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"Stowe remains firmly at the center of this well-researched book, and her transformation — from a restless young woman too shy to use her own name in print to a confident speaker whom Lincoln once called 'the little lady who started the great big war' — shines through." — Publishers Weekly
"With her usual respect for young readers, Fritz explores not only a life, but also a family, an era, and vitally important social movements. With careful scholarship and without fictionalizing, she vividly evokes the people and times and shows the Beechers' strengths and weaknesses in an engaging, immediate style." — School Library Journal
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|Nov 23, 1998