How 63 Federal Street in Brunswick, Maine Changed America
63 Federal Street in Brunswick, Maine, was the rented home of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her family from 1850 to 1852. During Stowe’s time in Brunswick, she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Her vivid and controversial portrayal of the reality of slavery built empathy within the hearts of many Americans while at the same time widening the chasm separating the North and South. Ten years later When Stowe visited President Lincoln at the White House, he is reported to have said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” This is testament to Uncle Tom’s Cabin’s impact.