The Home Front: 1861 to 1865

Parents’ Roles

Was that the story of the author herself?

Half and half. Born on November 29, 1832 (the importance of the date will soon become apparent), Louisa May Alcott was the second of four daughters. She grew up in an articulate, almost hyperintellectual family that believed in discussion of the day’s events, but also in reflection and the writing of poems, essays, and diaries. When the war began, Louisa May was twenty-eight.

Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women (1868), a novel widely considered to be the most important and significant treatment of women in that time period.


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