Hi, my name is Harriet Beecher Stowe. I will be talking to you about my book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the effects that it caused.
Almost 18 years before writing my book, I witnessed something very horrible. I saw a mother get separated from her child. That picture stayed in my mind for years.
In Cincinnati, I taught at a Western Female Institute. With where I lived being just across the river from Kentucky, I got to have some encounters with fugitive slaves.
I escaped and I was trying to find somewhere safe to stay for the night.
Well you are more than welcome to come with me.
What are you doing out here all alone?
I was able to have the experience of talking to many slaves and hearing their stories. I was also able to go and see a plantation where there were slaves being kept. Seeing all of those people that were not free made me feel horrible inside.
I got separated from my wife and two kids about three months ago. They got sent off to a different owner.
Thats horrible! Someone needs to put a stop to this soon!
In 1851, I lost my 18-month-old son to cholera. I was so sad for months. One night I was thinking about the grief that I had felt and realized that slaves who have gotten their children taken away from them must have broken their hearts too. I then decided that someone needed to put a stop to this.
Don't worry, everything will be ok.
I miss our son.
I miss him too.
My book ended up making a lot go the south mad. It caused a big uproar between the North and the South. It was the biggest push to civil war. The North was fighting hard to get rid of it. My book also made some people in the south rethink their decision about slavery.