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The Beecher Sisters$
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Barbara A. White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099270

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099270.001.0001

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Losses, 1878–1887

Losses, 1878–1887

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The Beecher Sisters

Barbara A. White

Yale University Press

This chapter deals with the death and contributions of the Beecher sisters. In May 1878, Catharine suddenly had a stroke and died. There was no prelude of illness or weakness. Catharine was incessantly, yet incoherently, active, moving rapidly from one activity to another, from sewing to letter writing, to piano playing, to speaking about metaphysics. Her death was widely noted in the press. Editorials appeared in the leading newspapers of the Northeast, lauding her pioneering work in the education of women. Catharine's clear vision of the ways in which women were excluded and her willingness to fight did not mean that she also saw the need for modifying the basic gender system itself. Catharine's attempts to expand women's power also left a contradictory legacy.

Keywords:   Beecher sisters, Catharine Beecher, metaphysics, gender system, women's power

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