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Louisa May Alcott on Race, Sex, and Slavery

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Louisa May Alcott championed women's causes in gothic tales of interracial romance and in newspaper articles published during the Civil War. Drawn from her service as a nurse in a Union hospital as well as from her radical abolitionist activities, these writings allow Alcott to comment boldly on unstable racial identities, interracial sex and marriage, armed slave rebellio ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by Northeastern University Press
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Cathy
Mar 09, 2011 Cathy rated it liked it
I think I would have preferred the introductory essay (probably someone's thesis?) appeared at the end of the book. It would have been more enjoyable to delve directly into the stories. To experience them with fresh eyes - no preconceived ideas and then take a more scholarly approach to the material.
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Jul 05, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
This book is a collection of short stories that focus on race and slavery. LMA was brave to touch on these subjects in a very liberal fashion for her day.
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The stories here included are beautifully written (especially M.L. and An Hour) and, even if short, they provide a sample of L.M. Alcott’s mastery. L.M. Alcott is not only the Author of Little Women and other famous works for children or young adults, but also a woman of great personality and a committed abolitionist: through her writing we can learn more about the Civil War and other crucial issues of her time.
I definitely suggest to read the introduction after the stories and not before them.
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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