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Women and the Alphabet A Series of Essays   By: (1823-1911)

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A Series of Essays





The first essay in this volume, "Ought Women to learn the Alphabet?" appeared originally in the "Atlantic Monthly" of February, 1859, and has since been reprinted in various forms, bearing its share, I trust, in the great development of more liberal views in respect to the training and duties of women which has made itself manifest within forty years. There was, for instance, a report that it was the perusal of this essay which led the late Miss Sophia Smith to the founding of the women's college bearing her name at Northampton, Massachusetts.

The remaining papers in the volume formed originally a part of a book entitled "Common Sense About Women" which was made up largely of papers from the "Woman's Journal." This book was first published in 1881 and was reprinted in somewhat abridged form some years later in London (Sonnenschein). It must have attained a considerable circulation there, as the fourth (stereotyped) edition appeared in 1897. From this London reprint a German translation was made by Fräulein Eugenie Jacobi, under the title "Die Frauenfrage und der gesunde Menschenverstand" (Schupp: Neuwied and Leipzig, 1895).





II. PHYSIOLOGY. Too Much Natural History Darwin, Huxley, and Buckle The Spirit of Small Tyranny The Noble Sex The Truth about our Grandmothers The Physique of American Women The Limitations of Sex

III. TEMPERAMENT. The Invisible Lady Sacred Obscurity Virtues in Common Individual Differences Angelic Superiority Vicarious Honors The Gospel of Humiliation Celery and Cherubs The Need of Cavalry The Reason Firm, the Temperate Will Allures to Brighter Worlds, and leads the Way

IV. THE HOME. Wanted Homes The Origin of Civilization The Low Water Mark Obey Woman in the Chrysalis Two and Two A Model Household A Safeguard for the Family Women as Economists Greater includes Less A Copartnership One Responsible Head Asking for Money Womanhood and Motherhood A German Point of View Childless Women The Prevention of Cruelty to Mothers

V. SOCIETY. Foam and Current In Society The Battle of the Cards Some Working Women The Empire of Manners Girlsterousness Are Women Natural Aristocrats? Mrs. Blank's Daughters The European Plan Featherses

VI. STUDY AND WORK. Experiments Intellectual Cinderellas Cupid and Psychology Self Supporting Wives Thorough Literary Aspirants The Career of Letters Talking and Taking How to speak in Public

VII. PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT. We the People The Use of the Declaration of Independence Some Old Fashioned Principles Founded on a Rock The Good of the Governed Ruling at Second Hand

VIII. SUFFRAGE. Drawing the Line For Self Protection Womanly Statesmanship Too Much Prediction First Class Carriages Education via Suffrage Follow Your Leaders How to make Women understand Politics Inferior to Man, and near to Angels

IX. OBJECTIONS TO SUFFRAGE. The Fact of Sex How will it Result? I have all the Rights I want Sense Enough to Vote An Infelicitous Epithet The Rob Roy Theory The Votes of Non Combatants Manners repeal Laws Dangerous Voters How Women will legislate Individuals vs. Classes Defeats before Victories




Paris smiled, for an hour or two, in the year 1801, when, amidst Napoleon's mighty projects for remodelling the religion and government of his empire, the ironical satirist, Sylvain Maréchal, thrust in his "Plan for a Law prohibiting the Alphabet to Women... Continue reading book >>

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