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Courtship and Marriage: 1834–1836

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/9780195096392.003.0009
Courtship and Marriage: 1834–1836

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Harriet Beecher's eight years in a female seminary shaped by Catharine Beecher's philosophy of independence and usefulness had not particularly fitted her for the marriage market, nor was the arrangement of 19th-century men's and women's lives conducive to spontaneous relationships. The parlor was one of the few places where men's and women's spheres overlapped. In her Geography, Harriet contrasted the veiling of Muslim women to the more favorable situation of women in republican America, yet it is significant that the only Harriet's Geography had broached a number of social issues, including the status of women, education, and religion. She was well primed for the wide-ranging discussions of the Semi-Colon. Harriet was searching for a soul mate, and James Handasyd Perkins bore a strong resemblance to the man she eventually married, Calvin Stowe.

Keywords: Harriet Beecher; Catharine Beecher; marriage; Geography; Semi-Colon; James Handasyd Perkins; Calvin Stowe; women; America; education

Chapter.  7070 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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