Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind
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Louisa May Alcott
Official website for the documentary and biography, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. The site includes content about Louisa May Alcott’s life and works, lesson plans, and interactive features to allow exploration of topics in greater depth.
YouTube channel devoted to Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. View a variety of documentary film clips, including “5 Things You Don’t Know About Louisa May Alcott.”
The Louisa May Alcott Society – an association of scholars devoted to the life and works of Louisa May Alcott.
The home page for the University of Virginia’s hypermedia presentation of Little Women. The site provides browsers with an electronic version of the text along with other resources in an effort to further understand Louisa May Alcott and her novel.
Special events listings at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, the home of Little Women.
A variety of education programs at Orchard House introduces learners of all ages to the Alcott family and their world.
A website devoted to nineteenth-century women writers of domestic fiction (a.k.a. “scribbling mobs of women”).
NINETEENTH - CENTURY RESOURCES:
Lone Star College-Kingwood’s site focused on American cultural history of the nineteenth century.
Washington State University site focused American literature, history, and culture.
This Library of Congress site includes an online collection of books and periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century.
Godey’s Lady’s Book was one of the most popular lady’s books of the nineteenth century. Each issue contained poetry, beautiful engraving, and articles by some of the most well-known authors in America.
National Directory of Chautauqua Performers includes Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau.
The Margaret Fuller Society website includes information about Fuller, bibliographies, articles, and related links.
This article from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy describes the Transcendentalist movement, its origins, history, chief figures, and works.
Website devoted to American Transcendentalism, including authors, texts, background information about the movement, bibliographies, and more.
Online research and reference guide exploring American Transcendentalism.
Founded in 1941, The Thoreau Society, Inc. is the oldest and largest organization devoted to an American author.
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society website provides background information about Emerson, links to his writings, and more.
Information about the workshop, “Concord, Massachusetts: A Center of Transcendentalism and Social Reform in the 19th Century,” sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
American women’s history of the Civil War era.
Duke University Libraries compiled a list of primary sources on the Internet directly related to women and the Civil War.
The American Civil War Homepage includes resources about Civil War battles, biographical information, images of wartime, state guides, bibliographies, and more.
The Civil War by Ken Burns website includes maps of key battles, links to historic documents, and allows site visitors to experiment with storytelling by mixing archival images, narration, and music to create your own movie.
Resources for Civil War-era cooking and recipes.
SLAVERY AND ABOLITION:
Website offering resources for the study the American Abolitionist movement.
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for abolition including anti-slavery publications, prominent abolitionists, and maps of slave and free states.
Podcasts featuring historians discussing slavery and abolition.
Library of Congress exhibit featuring resources about abolition, anti-slavery movements, and the rise of the sectional controversy.
National Park Service information about Louisa May Alcott and the Underground Railroad.
EDUCATION REFORM AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS:
A website about Louisa May Alcott’s father, Amos Bronson Alcott – a reformer, philosopher, writer, visionary, teacher.
Timeline of the women’s suffrage movement.
A research and reference guide exploring the women’s rights movement.
National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection at the Library of Congress.
“Living the Legacy: The Women’s Rights Movement 1848-1998” outlines 150 years of the history of the Women’s Rights Movement from 1848-1998.
“Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000” is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, the collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women’s history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools.