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Louisa on the front lines : Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War  Cover Image Book Book

Louisa on the front lines : Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War / Samantha Seiple.

Seiple, Samantha, (author.).


"Louisa on the Frontlines is the first narrative nonfiction book focusing on the least-known aspect of Louisa May Alcott's career - her time spent as a nurse during the Civil War. Though her service was brief, the dramatic experience was one that she considered pivotal in helping her write the beloved classic Little Women. It also deeply affected her tenuous relationship with her father, and inspired her commitment to abolitionism. Through it all, she kept a journal and wrote letters to her family and friends. These letters were published in the newspaper, and her subsequent book, Hospital Sketches, spotlighted the dire conditions of the military hospitals and the suffering endured by the wounded soldiers she cared for. To this day, her work is considered a pioneering account of military nursing. Alcott's time as an Army nurse in the Civil War helped her find her authentic voice--and cemented her foundational belief system. Louisa on the Frontlines reveals the emergence of this prominent feminist and abolitionist--a woman whose life and work has inspired millions and continues to do so today" -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781580058049 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: v, 243 p.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Seal Press, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject: Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 > Career in nursing.
Women authors, American > 19th century > Biography.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Hospitals.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Women.
Military nursing > United States > History > 19th century.

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