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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow & Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Abraham Lincoln engraving

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Abraham Lincoln engraving / Maine Historical Society

The publication of <em>Uncle Tom's Cabin</em> made Harriet Beecher Stowe an extremely influential individual during the antebellum and Civil War years. Upon visiting the White House in November, 1862, President Lincoln is reputed to have said, in reference to Stowe, "Is this the little woman who made this great war?" (<em>The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin</em>, edited by Stern, Philip, New York: Paul S. Eriksson, Inc., 1964, p.33) According to Carl Sandburg, Stowe claims that Lincoln said "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war." (<em>Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, Volume Two</em>, New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1939, p.201) Either way, this story has made its way down through history.


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