By Claudia L. Bushman
A wise observer of 19th-century the United States, Harriet Hanson Robinson's participation in very important occasions and her salty reviews, preserved and recorded within the poetry and books she wrote in the course of her lifetime, provide a dramatic account of the way one strong-minded girl, who first labored as a fabric employee within the commercial city of Lowell, MA, grew to become to writing and politics to maintain her relatives after her husband's early demise. Harriet's own papers make clear such subject matters as hard work heritage, country politics, and the mechanics of writing and ebook. Her best-known guides, Loom and Spindle, which offers with early manufacturing facility lifestyles, and Massachusetts within the girl Suffrage move, are frequently quoted at the present time.
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The family lived in a room behind the shop, where young John sawed the kindling. Mrs. Hanson did not complain of her poverty, but she could not earn a living from the store. The family lasted through one cold winter there, sleeping together for warmth. Seeing the family's struggle, a neighbor who was better off looked with "longing eyes" on little Harriet, whom she offered to adopt and give more advantages than the mother could provide. Mrs. " 21 When a teacher at charity sewing classes referred to Harriet as a ''poor little girl," Mrs.
The Schlesinger staff was unfailingly gracious in providing materials and assistance. I am grateful to them and to the staffs of other repositories, including the Boston Public Library, the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum Library, the Baker Library of Harvard University, the Malden Public Library, and the Concord Public Library. I appreciate the permission to quote from manuscript collections granted by the courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston public Library, Baker Library of Harvard University, and the Schlesinger Library.
She begins her serious suffrage activity, organizing meetings and calling on neighbors to beg donations for the first big suffrage bazaar where she worked daily in the restaurant. She vacations at Manomet, a Massachusetts beach resort. Here also is domestic life in its specific detail; here are the leaders and the workers of the temperance, suffrage, and club life; here are practitioners of alternate medicine, spiritualism, and religion of all sorts. The diary offers the running commentary of a lively reader of books and frequent attender of the opera, concerts, the theatre, and the lecture circuit.