When it first appeared in installments in the abolitionist newspaper The National Era between June 5, and April 1, , it met with hostility by slavery proponents. Stowe expected that she would write the story in three or four installments, but she eventually wrote more than It was a best seller in the United States, Britain, and Europe and was translated into over 60 languages. The book received both high praise and harsh criticism and propelled Stowe and the issue of slavery into the international spotlight.
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Slavery proponents argued that the novel was nothing more than abolitionist propaganda. In the South, and in the North too, people protested that the depiction of slavery had been melodramatically twisted. Southerners particularly promoted the idea that the institution of slavery was benevolent and benign. Thomas, the editor of a German newspaper in Philadelphia, began to print excerpts from the book without paying the required royalties.
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Stowe filed a claim with the Federal court in Philadelphia and provided a written deposition detailing her authorship to Justice Robert Grier, a notorious enforcer of the Fugitive Slave Act. MLA — Michals, Debra. Date accessed.
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University of North Carolina Press, Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, American Experience, The Abolitionists. Harriet Beecher Stowe By Debra Michals, PhD Works Cited. In , Stowe began a contract with The National Era , an anti-slavery magazine, for a story that would "paint a word picture of slavery," for Northerners who had never witnessed it first-hand, as a way to galvanize them to action against the institution of slavery. Stowe originally planned for the story to consist of just three or four installments, but she ended up writing more than The first installment was published June 5, , and before the series was finished, she had an offer to publish it as a novel.
It became a bestseller in the United States, Britain, Europe, and Asia, and was eventually translated into over 60 languages.
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It accomplished what Harriet had intended—a wave of anti-slavery sentiment swept the North. Harriet was invited to speak about the novel, slavery, and emancipation in cities across North America and Europe. In a letter in , she explained, "I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother, I was oppressed and broken-hearted with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity — because as a lover of my county, I trembled at the coming day of wrath.
That same year, Calvin took a position at Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts, where the Stowes lived from to Harriet continued her various philanthropic efforts to help slaves, including establishing schools for them, and continued to write—articles and columns for newspapers, and novels.
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When the American Civil War began, Harriet felt that President Abraham Lincoln did not move quickly enough to emancipate slaves and met with him in to urge him to take decisive action. After the Civil War, she and Calvin began to spend winters in Mandarin, Florida, near where her brother Charles Beecher had opened a school for emancipated slaves.
On July 1, , Stowe died at her home in Hartford, Connecticut. During her lifetime, she had established herself as a major American writer, abolitionist, and social advocate. On the eve of the midth century civil rights movement, James Baldwin published a scathing criticism of the novel, laying on it some of the burden of ingrained racial stereotypes.