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Letter to Garrison from Harriet Beecher Stowe

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In 1853, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, wrote a letter to William Lloyd Garrison about their mutual friend, Frederick Douglass. Garrison and Douglass -- two of the country's leading abolitionists -- were not on speaking terms due to differences of opinion which had led each to attack the other publicly.

After meeting with Douglass, Stowe was persuaded that his convictions were based on "the growth from the soil of his own mind" and not, as Garrison believed, the views of less-radical abolitionists. Her hope to reconcile the two former friends with this appeal would not be realized.

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Frederick Douglass
William Lloyd Garrison
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