The Fugitive Slave Act inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe to Write Uncle Tom's Cabin. According to Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life by Joan D. Hedrick, the Ohio city introduced her to formerly enslaved people and Black freemen. Harriet Beecher Stowe who was a near neighbor of ours in Hartford, with no fence between. Visitors in Cincinnati can pop into the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, where she lived after following her father to his position at the Lane seminary. In Maine, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick commemorates where she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin.