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Harriet Beecher Stowe Marriage

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In 1832, when Harriet was 21, Lyman Beecher was appointed head of the Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. The family packed up and moved. Though it's not exactly thought of as a swinging cultural marketplace today, at the time Cincinnati was considered "the London of the West." The market town – at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers – attracted a diverse population. It was a great place for a young writer. Harriet was exposed to people of different backgrounds and accents, details she stored away for her future writing career. Over the next fourteen years, Beecher Stowe bore children (seven in total) and wrote articles and stories about domestic life. The Mayflower, a collection of her short stories, was published in 1843.

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