Did Harriet Beecher Stowe start the Civil War?

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Did Harriet Beecher Stowe start the Civil War?

Harriet Beecher Stowe:

Harriet Beecher Stowe was an African-American novelist in the mid-19th century. Stowe and her husband were both supporters of the abolition movement and helped house fugitive slaves as part of the Underground Railroad.

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No, Harriet Beecher Stowe did not literally start the Civil War herself. However, her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin influenced millions of people with...

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Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

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Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.


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