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    U.S. Feminist and Activist Margaret Fuller

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    In five pages the life and activism of Margaret Fuller are examined. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    powers as were given her when we left our common home. - MF Americas first true feminist, Margaret Fuller holds a distinctive place in the cultural  life of the American Renaissance. Transcendentalist, literary critic, editor, journalist, teacher, and political activist, ultimately turned revolutionary, she numbered among her close friends the intellectual "movers and shakers" of the  day: Emerson, Thoreau, the Peabody sisters, the Alcotts, Horace Greeley, Carlyle, and Mazzini--all of whom regarded her with admiration and sometimes even awe (http://www. thirteen. org/ihas/poet /fuller.html). Margaret Fuller (1810  - 1850) Fuller was a child prodigy, rigorously trained in the classics and modern languages and literatures by her father, who was associated with the Transcendentalist circle of Concord, Massachusetts.  (The Transcendentalists stood at the heart of The American Renaissance-"the flowering" of our nations thought in literature, poetry, painting ,sculpture, architecture, and music in the period roughly from 1835 -  1880.) In a relatively unusual move, Fuller was hired by the New York Tribune, as a literary and social critic. Consequently, she is known as one of Americas  first self-supporting woman journalists. During this time in New York, Fuller, saw and learned about urban poverty and strengthened her commitment to social justice. As a "Free Thinker,"  she was also concerned about: prison reform, abolishing slavery of all types, Womens Suffrage, and educational and political equality for minorities.(http:/ / norton3.w wnorton.com/ naal/ explore/ fuller.htm). Fuller traveled to  Europe in 1846 as a foreign correspondent for the Tribune, and while there, immersed herself in Italian revolutionary politics, as well as Italian life. Conversations (1839 - 1844) In Boston,  in need of a job - she made her own. Fuller organized a series of "Conversations" or seminars for women. Fuller personally invited most of the women, 

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