“Her story changed the world...”
"Harriet Beecher Stowe's presence in the 19th-century Hartford drew others to live in what was then the nation's preeminent literary community. Since 1968, visitors from all over the world come to Hartford to walk in the footsteps of the woman whose words changed the world. In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe change the world with Uncle Tom's Cabin, her ground-breaking and best-selling anti-slavery novel. Stowe recognized slavery's injustices and was compelled to speak out. As a woman of the 19th century, Stowe had no right to vote or no hold office, yet she gave public voice to her convictions, turned the tide of public opinion and became the most influential American woman of the 19th century. The Stowe Center's programs and activities are energized by Stowe's example. As a 21st-century museum and program center, the Stowe Center connects Stowe's issues to the contemporary face of race relations, class and gender issues, economic justice and education equity." Ghost Hunters location. (Season 6 Ep 3 March 2010)
The house is not as distinctive as the Mark Twain House right next door, but the tour is more thought-provoking. The house is full of Stowe's possessions and era-appropriate antiques. Through the tour you explore Harriet's unusual upbringing and life and the similarities between her time and ours. As you learn about her passions for improving the world, you are invited to think about the causes you are passionate about and be inspired by this amazing woman.
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