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Catharine Maria Sedgwick Online Letters

The letters of Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) address vital 19th-century issues, including authorship, gender roles, education, national and local politics, religious diversity, rural and urban life, singlehood and marriage, social reform, and work. Famous women were rare in the male-dominated society of the era, and Sedgwick provides readers with unique insights into both public and private spaces.


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