Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a prominent Christian family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), which describes the harsh conditions of imprisoned African Americans. The book reached millions of people as a novel and play, and made a major impact in the United States and Britain, activating anti-slavery forces in the American North and provoking widespread anger in the South. Harriet Beecher Stowe has written 30 books, including novels, three travel memories, and collections of articles and letters. She influenced both through her writing and through her public speaking and discussions on social issues of the day.