The Home Front: 1861 to 1865

Parents’ Roles

Is there a Southern, or a Western, counterpart to Little Women?

Sadly, no. Perhaps it took a very special combination of experiences to produce Louisa May Alcott and her literary success. Then again, quite a few Southern women were so struck by the need for physical duties—including the sewing of clothing—that they had no time to write. But while we do not have a great novel from this time period from the Southern side, we have a number of letters and diaries.


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