Did Harriet Beecher Stowe support slaves going to Liberia?

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Did Harriet Beecher Stowe support slaves going to Liberia?

Harriet Beecher Stowe:

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a well-known American author in the mid-19th century. Stowe was also an abolitionist; she and her husband helped fugitive slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. She is best known for her book Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Answer and Explanation:

At the end of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, the family leaves the United States and goes to Liberia, a country established for former American slaves. Before the American Civil War, many white people thought that a solution to the race problems in the country would be to ship former slaves back to Africa. By ending her book in the way that she did, it seems that yes, Harriet Beecher Stowe supported former slaves going to Liberia instead of staying in the United States.


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

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Chapter 10 / Lesson 1
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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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