Did slave's stay inspire Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"?

Harriet Beecher Stowe is shown in this undated drawing. A professor says her research indicates Stowe harbored a fugitive slave from South Carolina just before she started writing her novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin." AP Photo

CHARLESTON, S.C. A Clemson University professor is convinced it was a fugitive slave from South Carolina that Harriet Beecher Stowe harbored in her Maine home shortly before writing "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Author Harriet Beecher Stowe is shown in this undated drawing.
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And Susanna Ashton thinks that, were it not for the one-night visit, the book that polarized a nation in the years before the Civil War might never have been written.

Ashton has extensively researched the life of John Andrew Jackson, who escaped from a plantation in South Carolina's Sumter County in 1847.

He then lived in Massachusetts until the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, forcing him to make his way to Canada three years later.

Ashton says he shared his stories of the brutality of slavery during his brief stop at Stowe's home in Brunswick, Maine.

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