Harriet [´hxriqt] Beecher-Stowe [´bJCq ´stqV] (1811–1896) was born in the family of a clergyman. She studied the conditions of slave labour on the plantations of the South as a newspaper reporter. This provided her with material to write a novel against Negroslavery ["nJgrqV´sleIvqrI], which she called "Uncle Tom's Cabin". This novel exposed the terrible fate of American Negroes and became known all over the world. At the present time it occupies an bonourable place among the books devoted to the fight against racial discrimination.