The Beecher Sisters

Yale University Press, 1 2008 - 416
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The Beecher sistersCatharine, Harriet, and Isabellawere three of the most prominent women in nineteenth-century America. Daughters of the famous evangelist Lyman Beecher, they could not follow their father and seven brothers into the ministry. Nonetheless, they carved out pathbreaking careers for themselves. Catharine Beecher founded the Hartford Female Seminary and devoted her life to improving womens education. Harriet Beecher Stowe became world famous as the author of Uncle Toms Cabin. Isabella Beecher Hooker was an outspoken advocate for womens rights.
This engrossing book is a joint biography of the sisters, whose lives spanned the full course of the nineteenth century. The life of Isabella Beecherwho has never been the subject of a biographyis examined in particular detail here. Drawing on little used sources, Barbara White explores Isabellas political development and her interactions with her sisters and with prominent people of the timefrom Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Mark Twain.

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The seven sons of famous American evangelist Lyman Beecher followed him into the ministry, but what of his four daughters? White (Univ. of New Hampshire; Growing Up Female) examines the lives of three ...

1 Calvinist Childhoods 18001837
1
2 Marriage and Motherhood 18371852
25
3 In the Wake of Uncle Toms Cabin 18521859
53
4 Water Cure and Civil War 18601865
77
5 The Gilded Age 18651868
101
6 Suffrage Arguments 18681870
127
7 Foes in Your Own Household 18701871
154
8 Free Love and Mrs Satan 18711872
179
10 Spiritualism 18751878
232
11 Losses 18781887
259
12 The Board of Lady Managers 18881893
285
13 The Last of the Beechers 18931907
311
Abbreviations
339
Bibliography
369
Index
379

9 The BeecherTilton Scandal 18721875
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