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Karen Garcia

Period 4

U.S History


GPO:Communicate Ideas

Margaret Fuller: Changing the World’s Perspective

Margaret Fuller was a beloved, intelligent woman that contributed in the women’s

growth movement. She was well-educated in classic and modern-literature by her father. Sadly,

she could not attend Harvard because it was a school for men only but Margaret became one of

the first professional journalists in America. Before becoming a journalists, she was a teacher

from 1836 to 1837 in Bronson Alcott in Boston and then she taught at a school in Providence,

Rhode Island. With each different job she had, she was able to expand her mental

accomplishments and personal associations. She was the first editor of the journal The Dial in

1840. When she was in her 30s, she became the first women allowed to use the library at

Harvard College.

Throughout her life, she wrote many important pieces. Her first book was named

Summer on the Lakes, it was based on a trip she took through the Midwest and it was

published on 1844. Her book led to an invitation from Horace Greeley so she could become a

literary critic at the New York Tribune. In 1845, she published one of the most important

feminists declarations of the time. Her famous book was called Woman in the Nineteenth
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Century, which was about equalities in marriage and its radical claims about masculinity and

femininity. After publishing her book, she became more active in various social reform

movements. Unfortunately, Margaret Fuller died in a shipwreck on July 19,1850.

As Margaret Fuller once said, “As men become aware that few men have had a fair

chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance.” (Woman in the

Nineteenth Century, 1845). She means that men only notice when other men don’t have the same

chances as them but they don’t realize that women don’t have the same amount of chances as

them. Margaret Fuller changed the world’s perspective on women and their rights. She was the

first American to write a book about women. She was a honest supporter of women’s rights,

education, prison reforms, the abolition of slavery, and a model for women leadership and

original thinking. While her life was cut short, we will always remember the way she changed

our country and we will always remember what she did for us, women.