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Heritage Costumes has created a professional line of historical clothing and costumes. We specialize in authentic looking fashion and style. These high quality costumes are built to last, and can be used for many different characters and periods throughout history.
During the 19th century, one issue was at the forefront of Americans’ attention: the abolition of slavery. And, as the Civil War loomed, the battle became even more important and more volatile. But that didn’t stop abolitionists like Harriet Beecher Stowe from speaking out. Though Harriet Beecher Stowe was a white woman from the North she took her thoughts to paper and wrote one of the most important novels of the 1800s, enraging Southerners and helping spark anger in white Americans about slavery.
Born into a famous religious family, Harriet Beecher Stowe understood the religious arguments in favor of slavery — but she didn’t agree with them. She was a staunch abolitionist, but she wasn’t a very political woman. It wasn’t until 1850 when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law, which aimed to stop citizens from helping slaves on the run in both free and slave states. Living in Maine, Harriet sympathized with those who were enslaved. She wrote to the editor of the anti-slavery journal The National Era, stating that she intended to write a story about the problem of slavery and its cruel injustice. She encouraged other women to do the same, asking women throughout the North to pick up their pens.
Less than a year later, Harriet revealed the first installment of her slavery story: that same journal published the first chapters of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Each week, from June 1851 to April 1852, The National Era published more installments of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, attracting the attention of the abolitionist community. At the end of this newspaper run, Harriet’s work was picked up by John P. Jewett and published as a book. In its first year, Uncle Tom’s Cabin sold a shocking 300,000 copies — and when sales began to slow, Jewett lowered the book’s price so everyone could afford to read it.
Though Harriet Beecher Stowe was a prolific writer who completed more than 30 works in her lifetime, none was as famous as Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Its political message showed readers — many for the very first time — the horrors of slavery, the reality of what was happening in the South. The emotional portrayal of slavery’s effects on individual people captured readers’ attention, shocking them and encouraging them to join the abolitionist cause. It was Uncle Tom’s Cabin that taught Americans how slavery touched everyone, from slaves to masters to property owners, in a horrific way. Though Harriet became a hated figure in the South, invoking anger and anti-Tom novels, her work galvanized the North, energizing those who now knew slavery had to end.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this adult Harriet Beecher Stowe costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire worn by the abolitionist and author herself. You’ll look just like the famous writer who worked to enlighten the American citizens when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Beecher Stowe’s attire accurately, this costume includes a slate blue period dress with a full skirt, zippered back, and detachable white lace collar. You’ll look the part of a woman inspiring other abolitionists with this costume set straight out of the 19th century.
This high-quality Harriet Beecher Stowe costume can be used for a period ball, a historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of a leading female abolitionist in the 19th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this adult Harriet Beecher Stowe Victorian dress costume is built to last.
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