twenty-five she had married a widowed professor, Calvin Stowe
, to whom she bore many children.
She had written a few sketches of New England
life, and her family thought her a woman of genius.
Such was the situation in the winter of 1849-1850, when the Stowes migrated to Brunswick, Maine
, where the husband had been appointed to a chair at Bowdoin
Pitiably poor, and distracted by household cares which she had to face singlehandedfor the Professor
was a “feckless body” --Mrs. Stowe
nevertheless could not be indifferent to the national crisis over the Fugitive Slave Law
. She had seen its working.
When her sister-in-law wrote to her: “If I could use a pen as you can, I would write something that would make this whole nation feel what an accursed thing slavery is,” Mrs. Stowe
exclaimed: “God helping me, I will write something; I will if I live.”
Uncle Tom's cabin
, begun in the spring of 1850, was a woman's answer to Webster
's seventh of March speech.
Its object was plainly stated to be “to awaken sympathy and feeling (or the African race; to show their wrongs and sorrows, under a system so necessarily cruel and unjust as to defeat and do away the good effects of all that can be attempted for them, by their best friends under ”