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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow & Harriet Beecher Stowe

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1842

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ca. 1842 / Maine Historical Society

Author: Jeffrey M. Sullivan, teacher of Modern History and United States History, Lewiston High School, Lewiston, Maine
Suggested Grade Level: 10-11
Subject Areas: History

Time Required: One class period
Preparation Required: Students should have a basic knowledge of the Civil War and the events leading up to it.
Learning Objectives: Students will explore the relationship between Stowe and Longfellow to determine if Longfellow had any influence on Stowe's writing.

As a graduate of Bowdoin College and a longtime resident of Brunswick, I have a distinct interest in Longfellow. Yet the history of Brunswick includes other famous writers as well, including Harriet Beecher Stowe. Although they did not reside in Brunswick contemporaneously, and Longfellow was already world-renowned before Stowe began her literary career, did these two notables have any interaction? More particularly, did Longfellow have any opinion of Stowe’s work? If so, what was it?

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