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date: 10 December 2019

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This article outlines a tradition of women and their male supporters who addressed the status of women in a Transcendentalist vein. Transcendentalist women found influence in writers and therefore headed in that direction. Women had no Harvard regimen to boycott or nay pulpit or citizenship from which to stand aside as they were denied access to higher studies. They claimed the power of private thought and by so doing made a case for authority in church and republic. Margaret Fuller's career was one of the best examples of it and her contributions are projected throughout the article. Well-read women became writers, first in letters and diaries, but then by submitting their work to periodicals. Even book publication, though unconventional, was not barred by the formal gender prescriptions of church and state. The article states that private letters and journals were the sources that expressed the most unfiltered thoughts of Transcendentalist women.

Keywords: Feminism, Margaret Fuller, gender prescription, moral equality, New England

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