Transcendentalist Women Part 2
In Part 1, I highlighted two women whose connections to Transcendentalism were important: Margaret Fuller, editor of the Dial journal, literary critic, essayist, foreign correspondent, and historian; and Mary Moody Emerson, aunt of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
In this article, I highlight more women of Transcendentalism: Harriet Martineau, the Peabody sisters, and Julia Ward Howe.
Harriet Martineau and her brother, James, were not strictly speaking Transcendentalists, as this was an American movement and they were English. But both were involved in the thought that brought forth the Transcendentalist flowering, and remained part of the circle of ideas as the movement developed. Among other accomplishments, Martineau introduced Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller.
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Article by Jack Beatty focuses on one aspect of Martineau's Society in America: her observations on the impact of sexual relationships between slaveholders and slaves.
U.S. Political Thought, Lecture 8
Part of this lecture summarizes Martineau's observations in Society in America.
The Woman Who Thought Like a Man
An essay on Harriet Martineau and her thought.
Society in America
Selections from Martineau's observations from her 1837 trip to the United States.
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894), Mary Tyler Peabody Mann (1806-1887), and Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne (1809-1871) were the eldest of seven children. Each of the three contributed or were connected to the Transcendentalist movement.
Julia Ward Howe
Howe's involvement in Transcendentalism was more tangential, less central, than that of the other women highlighted. But she was influenced by the religious and literary trends of Transcendentalism, involved in the social reforms which were part of the Transcendentalist circle. She was a close friend of Transcendentalists, both male and female. She was an active participant, particularly in carrying Transcendentalist ideas and commitments through the American Civil War and into the next decades.
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