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  Amos Bronson Alcott - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alcott was born on Spindle Hill in the town of Wolcott, New Haven County, Connecticut.
Alcott publicly debated with Thoreau the use of force and passive resistance to slavery; along with Thoreau he was among the financial and moral supporters of John Brown and occasionally helped fugitive slaves escape on the Underground Railroad.
Alcott refused corporal punishment as a means of disciplining his students; instead, he offered his own hand for an offending student to strike, saying that any failing was the teacher's responsibility.
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 Bronson and Abigail Alcott
Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), educator, philosopher, utopian, and visionary, ran the progressive Temple School in Boston, founded the Fruitlands community in Harvard, Massachusetts, and led many public Socratic "conversations." Although he belonged to no church, Alcott was influential both in the Transcendentalist wing of Unitarianism and in the Free Religion movement which followed.
Although Bronson Alcott would no doubt have favored abolition in any case, that he was so early active in the anti-slavery movement was largely due to the influence of Abby and the May family.
Alcott admired Garrison above other abolitionists because he saw him as a "free spirit" who moved beyond narrow party principles to fight all abuses and to "establish truth in the common mind." Abby, whose closest personal friend was Lydia Maria Child and who regularly attended abolitionist meetings, was admired by Garrison himself.
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 Louisa May Alcott - Literary Traveler
The constant travel by Alcott and Lane, who were off expounding their views to others around the region, strained the working conditions on the farm.
The Alcott’s sold the property to a protégé of Bronson Alcott, William Torrey Harris, an early U.S. Commissioner of Education.
But while Bronson Alcott’s contributions to American philosophy have been well examined by academics and preservationists alike, it is perhaps the museum’s interest in May Alcott which is most surprising and intriguing.
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 BIOGRAPHY OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Louisa May Alcott, the second daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail "Abba" May was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832.
Bronson Alcott was well known for his controversial teaching methods which relied more on student involvement and a belief that children should enjoy learning.
Alcott's story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy had launched her into stardom and helped to alleviate the family's financial problems.
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 Amos Bronson Text   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Amos Bronson Alcott was born November 29, 1799.
Amos Bronson Alcott was unique in the way he embodied and lived out his transcendentalist ideas.
Alcott believed that the key to social reform and spiritual growth was in the home, in family life.
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 Louisa May Alcott, domestic goddess
Bronson Alcott's belief that children were tabulae rasae blended and clashed with his other belief that lighter coloring (like his) betokened a deeper spirituality and closer connection to divinity (Saxton 205).
Bronson saw his passivity and mild temper as signs of greater spirituality and as an indication that his was a closer connection to divinity.
Bronson, knowing that both girls loved apples, left an unguarded apple near Louisa and her older sister, Anna, with the restriction that it belonged to him and the girls were not to eat it.
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 Today in History: November 29
Louisa May Alcott, the second daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott, teacher and transcendentalist philosopher, and Abigail May, social worker and reformer, was born in the "disagreeable month" of November, just like her literary creation Jo March, the rambunctious heroine of Little Women.
During the 1870s, Alcott and her mother were deeply involved in the women's suffrage movement, canvassing door-to-door encouraging women to register to vote.
Alcott believed that learning should be a pleasant experience for children, and that the environment of the classroom should be beautiful.
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 Alcott, Amos Bronson (1799-1888)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Bronson Alcott, educator and philosopher, was born at Spindle Hill, Connecticut, on 29 November 1799.
Alcott visited with Whitman a number of times over the ensuing weeks and was given a copy of the 1856 Leaves of Grass.
Alcott wrote to Whitman on 28 April 1868, "I am interested in all you choose to communicate" (Letters 435), and on 10 October 1856 he wrote to Abigail Alcott, "I am well rewarded for finding this extraordinary man" (Letters 200).
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 Geraldine Brooks :: Orpheus at the Plough - about Amos Bronson Alcott
Saxton applies her nineteen-seventies feminist eye to the Victorian-era Alcotts and sees only dysfunction: Louisa is a browbeaten victim of a father who didn’t love her; her literary life is a joyless enslavement brought about by the necessity of providing for her neglected mother and siblings.
To read Bronson Alcott’s journals and letters is to understand her difficulty: the truth about her father’s character was far too odd and unorthodox to be shoehorned into an idealized, moralistic tale for Victorian children.
Bronson was an unwavering fan of her writing,even when he was the butt of her satire.
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 Ideas--FruitlandsHistory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
However, Alcott believed that hired labor was the most blatant form of economic bondage, and since he remained in debt, he did not work as hired labor for long.
Alcott left Concord with a renewed faith in a divine economy, and in 1841, he began to seek members for Fruitlands.
When Alcott and Lane visited the nearby Shaker Community, they were impressed by the system of communal property but eventually condemned the community for their practice of business.
www.vcu.edu /engweb/transcendentalism/ideas/fruitlands.html   (1614 words)

  
 Successful Failures: The life of Bronson Alcott By Rev. Kimi Riegel 12/2/2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Alcott went so far in his opposition to slavery that during the time at Fruitlands they didn't wear cotton as it was created through the use of slaves.
Alcott believed that the teacher, not the minister, was responsible for the development of character.
Though Alcott had in mind to continue this little school [that now consisted of his daughters, William Fuller's son and a fl child] only until something better turned up, the closure was forced by his acceptance of the fl child into his group.
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 IHAS: Poet
Amos Bronson Alcott was born in 1799 in Wolcott, CT, and though he was largely self-taught, he went on to become one of America's most influential educational reformers.
It was here that Elizabeth Sewall Alcott died of scarlet fever and Bronson Alcott was appointed, largely through Emerson's good offices, to the honorary position of superintendent of the Concord Schools (it paid $100 annually).
For the remainder of their lives Bronson and Abigail lived primarily in Concord, where Bronson published his book, CONCORD DAYS in 1872, mourned the passing of his wife in 1877, and at eighty years of age in 1879 established the Concord School of Philosophy as an adult summer intellectual retreat.
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 AllRefer.com - Bronson Alcott (Education, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Bronson Alcott (Amos Bronson Alcott)[Ol´kut, al–, –kot] Pronunciation Key, 1799–1888, American advocate of educational and social reform, b.
One of the leading exponents of transcendentalism, he wrote for the periodical Dial (the "Orphic Sayings" being his most famous contribution) and was a nonresident member of Brook Farm.
Poverty continually plagued the life of the Alcotts until the writings of his daughter, Louisa May Alcott, relieved the family of financial worry.
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 Alcott Background   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Alcott expressed discontent in her journals, writing that she “longed to see a war, and now I have my wish,” but as gender restrictions did not allow Alcott to become a soldier, she became a nurse.
Perhaps it was this which lead Alcott to reject propriety which called for women to remain at home and to identify herself as a working-girl for the rest of her life.
Alcott’s mother was also important in developing her convictions to women’s rights, as she encouraged her daughter to be self-sufficient and to enter the male dominated profession of writing.
www-english.tamu.edu /concord/alcott/LMAbackground.htm   (1074 words)

  
 Mass Moments: Alcott Family Arrives at Fruitlands
In 1843, when Louisa was ten years old, Bronson Alcott founded a utopian community he called "Fruitlands." For his wife and daughters, the move to a communal farm in the central Massachusetts village of Harvard marked the beginning of an unusual and ultimately tragic experiment.
Bronson Alcott was a leading member of the Transcendentalist movement that emerged in the 1830s.
Alcott began as a teacher, setting up experimental schools based on the idea that children are born good and simply need to be allowed to let their innate knowledge unfold, like a rose blossoming, as they grow.
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 Amos Bronson Alcott   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Born in 1799 to an illiterate flax farmer in Wolcott, Connecticut, Amos Bronson Alcott was singular among the Transcendentalists in his unassailable optimism and the extent of his self-education.
Bronson Alcott was singular among the Transcendentalists in boldly embodying his ideals.
Alcott was an early admirer of Thoreau's reasoned philosophy of civil disobedience, and acted upon those principles several years before Thoreau did.
www.vcu.edu /engweb/transcendentalism/authors/alcott   (790 words)

  
 SteinerBooks - Books by Amos Bronson Alcott
Amos Bronson Alcott (1799—1888) was born to an illiterate flax farmer in Wolcott, Connecticut.
When Ralph Waldo Emerson met Alcott in Boston in the late 1830s, he was so impressed with his intellect and innovative ideas that he convinced Alcott to move to Concord and join his circle of friends.
Alcott outlived his closest transcendentalist friends, dying on March 4, 1888, just two days before his famous daughter Louisa succumbed to the effects of mercury poisoning.
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 Louisa May Alcott
Louisa was the second daughter of Bronson Alcott and Abigail May, who met while Abigail was visiting her brother, Samuel J. May, minister of the Unitarian church in Brooklyn, Connecticut.
Alcott's "small share" was a month's service during the winter of 1862-63 as a nurse at the Union Hotel Hospital in Georgetown, Virginia.
As Alcott's health continued to fail, she tried various doctors and "cures." When her father suffered a stroke in 1882, she established a home for him with Anna, her two sons and little Lulu at 10 Louisburg Square in Boston.
www.uua.org /uuhs/duub/articles/louisamayalcott.html   (2460 words)

  
 Louisa May Alcott and Bronson Alcott
Rebecca Harding Davis's memories of meeting Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, and Louisa May Alcott from her 1904 memoir Bits of Gossip.
Alcott's School, Exemplifying the Principles and Methods of Moral Culture (3rd ed., revised; 1874) by Elizabeth Peabody.
The All Alcott: Louisa May Alcott Web has links to this and other research collections, but the All Alcott site no longer includes the "Letter to Sophia Foord" on Thoreau's death because of Alcott's wish that her letters not be published.
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 Amos Bronson Alcott
Amos Bronson Alcott (29 November 1799-4 March 1888), educator and philosopher, was born at Spindle Hill, Connecticut.
Alcott taught various schools in Connecticut until 1828, when he was invited by the Boston Infant School Society to take charge of their classroom.
But Alcott's honest attempts to inform others of his teaching methods, as described in Peabody's Record of a School (1835) and his own Conversations with Children on the Gospels (1836-1837), were attacked by press and public alike.
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 A Concord Chronology, 1820-1890
The Alcotts move to Concord after their Temple School in Boston fails; Margaret Fuller and Emerson collaborate to publish the first issue of the Transcendental journal, The Dial.
Bronson Alcott is jailed for refusing to pay his poll tax, an action that anticipates Thoreau's more famous stay in the Concord jail in July 1846.
Bronson Alcott dismisses the schools and hundreds attend Thoreau's interment at Authors' Ridge at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
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 A. Bronson Alcott's Concord School of Philosophy
Alcott's library, and in the room adjoining, which had been the studio of May Alcott, before she went abroad in 1877, on that pilgrimage of art from which she was never to return.
Alcott's largest grape vine, and on either side of its shady paths lead by arbors to the hill-top.
Alcott, (then living at the Hosmer Cottage, where his daughter May was born), visited England, he began to collect books for the library of a school of the First Philosophy, to be established in some part of New England.
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 Alcott, Bronson on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Alcott's own records, as well as those made by his illustrious assistants, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and Margaret Fuller, show his concern with the full and integrated mental, physical, and spiritual development of the child.
However, his disappointment was lessened when he learned of the success of Alcott House, a school founded by his disciples in England.
A leading exponent of transcendentalism, as were his friends Emerson and Thoreau, Alcott wrote for the periodical Dial (the “Orphic Sayings” was his most famous contribution) and was a nonresident member of Brook Farm.
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 AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT: Biography of Adulthood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Amos Bronson Alcott's formal education ended at age 13 and he decided to become a peddler in the south.
Alcott was invited by the Boston Infant School Society to take charge of their classroom and there he met Abba May, his soon to be wife.
The Alcott's now had three daughters, Elizabeth was born in 1836, so they moved to Concord in 1840 to support themselves by farming.
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 Photograph of Bronson Alcott. Em_Con_33   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
In January, 1841, Alcott was jailed for nonpayment of his poll tax, a form of protest against slavery for which Thoreau also was later jailed.
Alcott returned to America with reformer Charles Lane, with whom he founded Fruitlands, a utopian community in Harvard, Massachusetts, in 1843.
Bronson’s particular talents were locally recognized between 1859 and 1865, when he served Concord as Superintendent of Schools.
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 Amos Bronson Alcott
Alcott is a thinker, interior, solitary, deeply conversant with the secrets of his own mind, like thinkers of his order, clear, earnest, but not otherwise than monotonous from the reiteration of his primitive ideas.
Alcott's was fed by the speculation of Greece.
Alcott showed himself the disciple of Pythagoras in that he was the worshipper of ideal truth and purity, the uncompromising servant of the spiritual laws.
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 Search Results for "Bronson"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
...Alcott, Bronson, (Amos Bronson Alcott) (ol´kt, al-, -kot) (KEY), 1799-1888, American advocate of educational and social reform, b.
A museum on the site of Fruitlands, a cooperative vegetarian community founded by Bronson Alcott, is in the area.
The Transcendental Club, with such members as Bronson Alcott and Emerson, included Clarke, and he was active in the antislavery,...
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 Alcotts and Orchard House
Amos Bronson Alcott originally purchased two houses, both dating to the early 1700’s.
He moved the smaller tenant house and joined it to the rear of the main structure, making many improvements to the main house, as he explains in his journal entries of 1857-58.
Approximately 75% of the furnishings were owned by the Alcotts, and the rooms look very much as they did when the family lived there.
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 Bronson Alcott on Amusement
He was the father of Louisa May Alcott, and when she wrote of education and schools in her novels, the reader may think about Mr.
A note from Bronson Alcott from the same source as at left: "Kinder Garten: For little children, a ray of sunshine has fallen on their path from the kind soul of Froebel, in his carefully devised system of Recreation and Gifts for them.
Elizabeth Peabody, Alcott's assistant, was deeply devoted to the educational theories and practices of Friedrich Froebel, the German founder of the Kindergarten system.
www.concordma.com /magazine/mar99/amuse.html   (558 words)

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