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A professor of American literature at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., Susanna Ashton says her research shows Harriet Beecher Stowe harbored a fugitive slave from South Carolina in this Brunswick, Maine, home just before she started writing her novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Ashton suggests that the painful story of slavery told by John Andrew Jackson prompted Stowe to begin writing the famous novel.

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Study: Slave’s stay inspired ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

A Clemson University professor is convinced that Harriet Beecher Stowe might not have written “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” if it were not for a fugitive South Carolina slave she harbored for a night before starting the history-making novel.

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