With the publication of her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe became the most famous writer in America. That book helped to fuel the raging debate over slavery in the United States. When Stowe met President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, he reportedly said, “So you are the little woman who started this great war.” Often overlooked is the fact that Harriet Beecher Stowe was also one of the first and greatest proponents of Florida as a popular tourist destination. In 1873, some of Stowe’s descriptive and colorful “tourist articles” were published in the book Palmetto-Leaves. Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Forgotten Tourist Articles, contains fascinating vignettes of Florida life not included in Palmetto-Leaves, with insightful commentary by John Foster Jr. and Sarah Whitmer Foster. This new edition features Stowe’s meeting with Mary Richards, a famous African American spy, and an introduction by the nationally known novelist Lois Leveen.
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