Harriet & Mark

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“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.” 
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born today in 1811, in Litchfield, Connecticut, one of thirteen children, into a devout family with a strong abolitionist stance.  Her book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” portrayed the impact of slavery, especially within family units when parents and children were separated.  The North embraced the story, but the South was unreceptive to the message.  When Harriet Beecher Stowe met President Lincoln, he is said to have exclaimed So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!”

Harriet lived in Hartford, Connecticut, for the final decades of her life.  Her home, now a museum with a research library, is open to the public.  Her neighbour and dear close friend was none other that Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.  Imagine the great discussions they had!!

“So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.”
Mark Twain

26 thoughts on “Harriet & Mark

  1. I have been thinking about a post like this, from my martial arts instructor – good timing !!

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    • Can you imagine having afternoon tea with this dynamic duo!!??? You are so right – what fun we would have!

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    • History has given us so many stories, most of them lost! But the ones that remain are always a source of good reading… Thank you again for your visits – much appreciated.

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  2. Good thing I was reminded again rhat Uncle Tom’s cabin’s author was Ms. Stowe, rather than Mark Twain. And I didn’t know they were neighbors. Thanks for the info. Cheers !

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    • Your visits always make my day! Wouldn’t it have been great if we had them blogging with us!!!?

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    • I will never forget the first time I read Tom Sawyer’s “fence painting” episode.” Your comments and visits are very much appreciated. Thank you!! 🙂

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  3. There are two authors that I remember from that one room school house back in Nebraska. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Samuel Clemens . My mother also talked about that very important book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. And, I thought it interesting that an author should have a “pen name”. Great post!

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    • And isn’t it interesting that the two authors that had the greatest influence during a very difficult period in history should end up as good friends, living side by side!!!

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    • Oh No!!!! I’m so glad the quote helped. I was always told that these moments were character building. I always responded that I thought that I had enough character…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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