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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Primary Source Set

Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women tells the story of the four March girls as they make the transition to womanhood and struggle to conform to society’s strict ideals of femininity in the midst of poverty. The story is set in 1860s Massachusetts during the Civil War and is loosely based on Alcott’s own childhood. The collection of resources here, made up of photographs, illustrations, letters, and physical objects, helps explain the era in which the March family lived and the challenges they faced, from the books they read and the clothes they wore to the struggles of war and illness.

Additional resources for research

  1. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, HathiTrust, Digital Public Library of America.

  2. Louisa May Alcott, her life, letters, and journals, Internet Archive, Digital Public Library of America.

  3. Little Woman: the devilish, dutiful daughter Louisa May Alcott, Humanities: the Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  4. Alcott: 'Not The Little Woman You Thought She Was', National Public Radio.

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