Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American prolific writer and social activist,a woman who wrote about the horrors of slavery before the Civil War. “Household Papers and Stories” is the volume of essays and short stories published in 1865. Focusing on the domestic American household of the 1860s, the short pieces comment on the changes wrought by the Civil War. The wartime economic boom brought inexpensive consumer goods to more households. Simple home life became more complex. And Stowe, alias Crowfield, with her precise eye for social phenomena, found this domestic change worth chronicling. Stowe was an intense though modest woman who would devote her life to education and good, honest, and compassionate works for others, so it will not leave you indifferent. Enjoy the reading.