Topsy, Eva and Tom Say Goodbye in This Contemporary Illustration
The Harry Birdoff Collection, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT

Obituary Commentaries

Harriet Beecher Stowe died 1 July 1896. On that date the Democrats were assembling in Chicago to nominate a candidate for the Presidency and the United Confederacy Association was holding its Sixth Annual Reunion in Richmond. All across the country Americans were getting ready to celebrate July Fourth and bicycling was a popular fad. Along with reports of these events, most newspapers devoted space to the passing of the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and used her death as an occasion to assess the novel's place in the nation's history and consciousness.

Papers often ran both a news story and an editorial comment on Stowe. The first article below is a news story, a slightly rewritten text of the basic Associated Press announcement that was used in a lot of papers. Most of the other items here are editorials. Not here are the responses of black newpapers, which can be found under "Later Assessments" in the AFRICAN AMERICAN RESPONSES section of the archive.

Some papers ran pictures of Stowe with the obituary articles. You can see them by clicking on the IMAGE links.

2 July 1896
  • Mrs. Stowe Is Dead (Los Angeles Times)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (Boston Daily Advertiser)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (New York Daily Tribune)       IMAGE
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (New York Times)       IMAGE
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Is Dead [Extract] (New York HeraldIMAGE
  • Death of Harriet Beecher Stowe (Chicago Tribune)
  • Harriet B. Stowe Is Dead (Excerpt, Washington Post)
  • Death of a Famous Woman (Baltimore Sun)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Dead (Louisville Courier-Journal)   IMAGE
  • Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe (Atlanta Constitution)    IMAGE
  • A Woman of One Book (New York World)       IMAGE
  • Fine Tribute to Harriet Beecher Stowe (Boston Globe)
  • [Untitled Notice] (Columbus [Georgia] Enquirer-Sun)
  • "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (New York Herald)
  • [Untitled Notice] (Biloxi [Mississippi] Herald Weekly)

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