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Louisa May Alcott Was Much Less Uptight Than Her Popular Books Might Make You Believe

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The world Louisa May Alcott created in her famous works Little Women and Little Men did not reflect the reality of her life. Born in 1832, Alcott was brought up surrounded by intellectuals and financial hardships. She lived through the Civil War, worked toward the abolition of slavery, and advocated for women's rights. Like many authors, Alcott seemingly included characteristics of her family in her work, particularly highlighting her siblings and the hardships they suffered. But the progressive and defiant writer often challenged traditional gender and social norms of her day.

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