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Cogan, Frances B., All American Girls: The Ideal of Real Womanhood in Mid-Nineteenth Century America, University of Georgia Press, 1989.

Cogan presents a historical perspective on women's
roles in mid-nineteenth century America, including
their expected educational levels, skills, aspirations,
and manners. She suggests that in addition to the traditional
view of womanhood, there was a competing view of a more dynamic,
independent type of woman emerging in literature.




Fetterley, Judith, "Little Women: Alcott's Civil War," in Feminist Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, Summer 1979, pp. 369-83.

Fetterley proposes that Alcott's text reflects compromises
in style and content that came about as the>
result of the demands placed on the author by her
publisher and her public.


Jefferson, Margo, "Books of the Times: Little Women, Growing Up Then and Now," in New York Times, December 21, 1994.

Jefferson describes the March household as being as
divided as its author, and relates the classic novel...

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