Margaret Fuller

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Sarah Margaret Fuller is often referred to only as Margaret Fuller. The reason I chose to write about her is because I found it interesting that she is known as “America’s first true feminist” among other things such as an editor, journalist, teacher, and literary critic. I feel that since she was a female during the 1800s she worked hard to make a good name for herself. Her works that I chose to write about specifically are “The Great Lawsuit” which is a profound essay arguing for women’s equality, and “The Fourth of July” which was an essay written to describe the values Margaret believed America had lost. Sarah Margaret Fuller was born in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts on May 23rd, 1810, she later dropped her first name for professional purposes. She was the first of nine children. Her father Timothy Fuller was a lawyer, and a congressman and very educated. In her younger years of life her father rigorously educated her, teaching her Latin, Greek, French and Italian. She spent many hours a day studying, and by the time she was ten years old had read stories such as Shakespeare and many other classics. At age fourteen she moved away from her family to attend school, and a year later she returned home to continue educating herself (Baym). Margaret had huge dreams of one day becoming a writer, but those dreams were put on hold when her father suddenly passed away in 1835. At this time, her mother was also sick and it became her responsibility to take care of her family’s finances. There were not many job opportunities available to women during this time, she found a teaching job and accepted the position. She first began teaching at Bronson Alcott’s Temple School in Boston and taught there until she went on to teach at the well-kn... ... middle of paper ... ...ever in change, and believed that America needed to make changes for the better. She voiced her opinion that America should not be content with what it had become, and was not afraid to share her opinion about what it should be. The 4th of July is a very important day for America and its people. Without that day, it would not be what it is today. Works Cited Baym, Nina, and Robert S. Levine. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. New York London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. Print. "Margaret Fuller." American Transcendentalism Web. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2014. . The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Margaret Fuller (American Author and Educator)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 03 May 2014. .
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