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The Hartford Female Seminary: 1824–1827

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096392.003.0004
The Hartford Female Seminary: 1824–1827

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It is fitting that Harriet Beecher made her entrance into Hartford at the same time as Lafayette, for she was embarking on a republican experiment in women's education. Catharine Beecher's Hartford Female Seminary, bravely begun in the spring of 1823 with seven students in a single room. It sprang from Catharine's awareness of the contradiction between republican principles and the still-backward state of female education. Run by and for women, the Hartford Female Seminary provided a separate institution in which young women aged twelve and up could explore for themselves the meaning of republican sisterhood. Harriet's eight years in the Hartford Female Seminary took her through the formative period of adolescence, and her career was profoundly shaped by her elder sister. Religion played an important role in the strengthening of these schoolgirl friendships. Here, Harriet made her maiden editorial “Prospectus,” of the School Gazette.

Keywords: Harriet Beecher; Catharine Beecher; Hartford Female Seminary; education; religion; School Gazette; women

Chapter.  6535 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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