supplement Calvin’s teaching salary, Harriet
wrote short stories dealing with domestic life.
Her royalties helped her hire household help
to assist with raising their seven children.
In 1850 when the south threatened to secede,
serial denouncing the evils of slavery. She
began, expecting to write three to four
installments, but the novel grew to forty
chapters. Meanwhile the nation became
absorbed in the story. Uncle Tom’s Cabin,
published in book form in 1852, was a huge
cruelly. Stowe’s novel also insisted that slavery undermined the moral sensibility
of whites who tolerated or profited from it. Stowe wrote of the evils of slavery
so that others could be free. Hers was one of the most effective pieces of
reform literature ever published.
ornamental and helpless. She wrote many subsequent novels but none of her