Harriet Beecher Stowe and President Lincoln famously met in the early 1860s after Uncle Tom's Cabin had reached its peak success and the U.S. was exploding in a full-on Civil War. Stowe was on a trip to Washington D.C. with her daughter Hattie, when the two famous anti-slavery activists exchanged words.
According to legend, President Lincoln remarked to Stowe: "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war..." Records also indicate that the President borrowed A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe's follow-up text to UTC, from a local library as he worked on the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln Financial sculpture garden on the Riverfront Plaza in Hartford
What do you think Lincoln meant when he suggested Stowe started the Civil War? What else do you think was said between Stowe and Lincoln?