L.M. Alcott: Signature of Reform

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UPNE, 2002 - History - 226 pages
Beloved juvenile fiction writer and author of sensational thrillers, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was also an ardent champion of reform movements in nineteenth-century America. Inspired by her parents' zeal for the reforms of their day and influenced by a network of other New Englanders determined to remedy the many ills in American society, the spinster Scheherazade from Concord, Massachusetts, was a firm and convincing advocate in advancing measures extending from domestic reform and alternative medicine, to education and communal society, to antislavery and egalitarianism, to feminism and suffrage.

This innovative compilation sheds new light on Alcott's commitment to ameliorating oppressive conditions of all kinds. Madeleine B. Stern pairs selections from the writings of reform leaders with excerpts from Alcott's letters, fiction, and nonfiction works to demonstrate that Alcott was aware of and often moved by the words of other reformers. Stern illuminates the connections between Alcott and the printed sources that filtered into her life and work, and shows how she wove reformist themes throughout her writings, prodding her readers to right the wrongs at home and in the nation.
 

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Contents

Catharine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
21
Leaflets
30
Homeopathy
37
The Womans Journal
54
Moral Intellectual Physical
61
G Bond
71
The Independent
87
Anthony Burns
105
of Hannah Ropes
110
of John Browns Martyrdom The Liberator
116
Margaret Fuller Woman in the Nineteenth Century
139
William Andrus Alcott The Young Wife
157
William Henry Channing to the Womans Rights
205
Index
223
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Madeleine B. Stern is partner in the firm of Rostenberg and Stern Rare Books. She is the editor of several collections of Alcott's works, including The Feminist Alcott: Stories of a Woman's Power and Louisa May Alcott Unmasked: Collected Thrillers, both published by Northeastern University Press. She is the author of Louisa May Alcott: From Blood & Thunder to Hearth & Home and Louisa May Alcott: A Biography, also published by Northeastern. She lives in New York City.

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