Knowing your American Heroes
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Daughter of Amos Bronson
And Abigail May Alcott.
To her family all were taught.
Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania
A sibling of three sisters.
Two younger Elizabeth and May
And Anna would be the elder.
Family moved to Boston, Mass
In thirty-four or thirty-five.
She shared her family’s poverty
With love and faith she did survive.
As she grew older became known
As an abolitionist.
Along with her thoughts against slavery
People saw her as a feminist.
In eighteen hundred and sixty
Began writing for the Atlantic Monthly.
While a nurse in the Union Hospital
At Georgetown, D.C.
Most famous for her children books
She did compose “pot boilers.”
An advocate of women’s suffrage
Known as the “Victorian Age” for composers.
Her sister May passed away.
Took her daughter Louisa-May
Home with her to stay.
During the American Civil War
She contracted mercury poisoning.
Saw her father on his death bed
She died two days after visiting.
Was an American novelist
Best known for the novel “Little Women.”
A heroin in literature
Not just adults but also children.
She published thirty books
And collections of short stories
Leaving a wonderful legacy
Her name shall live in history.
AUTHOR NOTES: Tran·scen·den·tal·ism; 1803 1: a philosophy that emphasizes the a priori conditions of knowledge and experience or the unknowable character of ultimate reality or that emphasizes the transcendent as the fundamental reality2: a philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and empirical3: the quality or state of being transcendental; especially: visionary idealism