Harriet and Isabella


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By Patricia O’Brien

Meet the Beechers, a celebrated American family torn apart by the most lurid scandal of the 19th century.

When Henry Ward Beecher—preacher, social reformer, abolitionist—was put on trial for adultery in 1875, the question of his guilt or innocence was ferociously debated. His trial not only split the country, it split his family, causing a particularly bitter rift between his sisters, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Isabella Beecher Hooker, an ardent suffragist. A novel. (Hardcover, Touchstone Books, 2008.)