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Harriet and Isabella

by Patricia O'Brien

Harriet and Isabella
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    Jan 2008, 320 pages
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    Jan 2009, 320 pages

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Uncle Tom's Cabin, Absinthe & Brooklyn

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling novel of the 19th century (and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible) and is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850's. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States alone. Considering that the population of the USA was about 23 million in 1850 that would be equivalent to about 4 million copies being sold in one year today. The book's impact was so great that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe at the start of the American Civil War, Lincoln is often quoted as having declared, "So this is the little lady who made this big war."

  • In Harriet and Isabella, Harriet Beecher Stowe attends a dinner party at the house of their neighbor Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain) in Hartford Connecticut (1875), where the drink of the evening was ...

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