Woman in the Nineteenth Century

Woman in the Nineteenth Century

Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845) is considered the first major work of feminism in the United States. It was originally published in shorter form in The Dial magazine, titled The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men. Woman versus Women in July, 1843. The book is subtitled, Kindred Papers Relating to the Sphere, Condition and Duties, of Woman. In it, Fuller examined the differences between men and women and advocated for women's need to have their educational and spiritual resources strengthened ("Educate Men and Women as Souls" is one of her chapters). "There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman." She concluded that both sexes share feminine and masculine qualities and that the differences lie in the individual. The Introduction is written by Horace Greeley, Fuller's editor who sent her to Europe as The New York Tribune's first female correspondent, who praised Fuller as "one of the earliest as well as ablest among American women, to demand for her sex equality...Her writings on this subject have the force which springs from the ripening of profound reflection into assured conviction."

Visit our Feminist Literature Study Guide for background on other important authors and their writings.

Table of Contents

Preface by Arthur B. Fuller

Introduction by Horace Greeley

Part I - Woman in the Nineteenth Century

The Flying Pigeon

Reply of Mr. Adams

Part II - Miscellanies - Aglauron and Laurie

The Wrongs of American Women. The Duties of American Women.

George Sand

From a Criticism on "Consuelo"

Jenny Lind, the "Consuelo" of George Sand


Ever-Growing Lives

Household Nobelness


Ellen: Or, Forgive and Forget

"Courrier Des Etas Unis"

On Books of Travel

Review of "Memoirs and Essays of Mrs. Jameson"

Woman's Influence Over the Insane

From a Criticism on Browning's Poems


Children's Books

Woman in Poverty

The Irish Character

Educate Men and Women as Souls

Part III - Extracts from Journals and Letters

Lines Written in March, 1836

To Her Brother, R.

To Mazzini and To Mr. and Mrs. Spring

Other Letters

Return to the Margaret Fuller library.

© 2022 AmericanLiterature.com