Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. She came from a famous religious family and is best known for her novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin". It depicts the harsh life for African Americans under slavery. It reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and Great Britain. It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She wrote 30 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential for both her writings and her public stands on social issues of the day. "The First Christmas of New England" published as a short story in 1856, chronicles the first Christmas of the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1620. Mostly a work of idealized and fictional folklore, Stowe is able to combine the history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony with the sentimentality of one of America’s favorite holidays – Christmas!