Everything you need to understand or teach Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers by Jean Fritz.
There was much more to Harriet Beecher Stowe than the writing of Uncle Tom's Cabin, but such is the stature of that book as one of the most influential novels ever published, and anyone who studies Stowe's life is likely to emphasize the writing of her novel.
Given that the novel is part of the curricula of many schools, discussing it would be one of the primary tasks of a biographer. Further, modern attitudes toward the novel are very mixed, with some people trying to ban the book from schools, and others hailing the book as one of America's best. Thus, Fritz sets for herself the twofold task of explaining how the novel came to be written and why it became almost instantly influential, making Stowe one the world's most famous writers in a matter of months.
Fritz identifies Stowe's family life and Stowe's reading as the principal influences...