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The West: 1832–1833

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/9780195096392.003.0007
The West: 1832–1833

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Henry Ward Beecher was a student at Amherst College when he received the news from Harriet Beecher that Catharine Beecher and their father, Lyman Beecher, had gone out to Cincinnati to assess the prospects for removing the Beecher tribe to western soil. The West of the male imagination was a garden of possibility, an extension of the mission that had drawn the Puritans to the rocky coast of New England. Lyman Beecher understood that the great westward movement of the 19th century was dramatically altering the character of the republic. During the next eighteen months, he and Catharine conspired and planned their campaigns. Just as Lyman Beecher had viewed Catharine's Hartford Female Seminary as a fortress against Episcopalianism in Connecticut, so her female college and his male seminary would be bastions against infidelism and Roman Catholicism in Ohio. Edward Beecher had begun this western campaign by going to Jacksonville, Illinois, to assume the presidency of Illinois College.

Keywords: Henry Ward Beecher; Harriet Beecher; Catharine Beecher; Lyman Beecher; West; Hartford Female Seminary

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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