If you know the name but can't place the context, I'll provide a gentle hint:
Uncle Tom's Cabin.
To give you an idea as to how profound her contribution to - and alteration of - American history was, Abraham Lincoln is said to have met her at one point in the early 1860's, looked at her, and said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war."
That being the Civil War. The war that cost the United States of America three-quarters of a million lives, devastated utterly half the nation's landscape, but ended the institution of slavery forever.
No less a personage than James Wadsworth Longfellow wrote of Stowe's anti-slavery novel:
"It is one of the greatest triumphs recorded in literary history, to say nothing of the higher triumph of its moral effect."
She was considered, in the years leading up to that "great war," to be that towering a figure.
It was Stowe, when war broke out, who said, "It was God’s will that this nation — the North as well as the South — should deeply and terribly suffer for the sin of consenting to and encouraging the great oppressions of the South.”
Other famous Stowe quotes:
"It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done."
"So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master -- so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil -- so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best-regulated administration of slavery."
“A day of grace is yet held out to us. Both North and South have been guilty before God; and the Christian Church has a heavy account to answer. Not by combining together, to protest injustice and cruelty, and making a common capital of sin, is this Union to be saved-but by repentance, justice and mercy; for, not surer is the eternal law by which the millstone sinks in the ocean, than that stronger law, by which injustice and cruelty shall bring on nations the wrath of Almighty God.”
For this Harriet Beecher Stowe earned the undying enmity of many in this country. Including many prominent citizens right here in Virginia.
The following "news item" was written long after Stowe wrote the novel that "started the war" between North and South, and long after that war had come to a successful conclusion:
"Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe sailed from New York yesterday for Florida and will spend several months in the land of centipedes, flowers, and free niggers. It is to be hoped she will not write about any more cabins while she is down there."And where did that vile bit of malice appear?
In an editorial in the Richmond Dispatch, March 13, 1867.
So you know, the Richmond Times merged with the Richmond Dispatch in 1903. We know the resulting entity today as the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
It would not be a stretch to believe that those who write for it today would just as soon forget about those who wrote for it in its distant past.