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"Miss Harriet Martineau" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald newspaper

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Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) was an English author who came to the United States in 1834 for a two year study. She published Society in America (1837) after she returned to England. The book was mainly a critique of America's failure to live up to its democratic principles. Martineau was especially concerned about the treatment of women and called one chapter The Political Non-existence of Women. She claimed that women were treated like slaves, since they were "given indulgence rather than justice". This sentiment was later echoed by the American suffragette Lucy Stone. This article states that Martineau seems to have fallen out of favor because she expressed her anti-slavery opinions. The author of the article cannot see why this should be the case and commends her on her views. The Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 26, 1827 to June 27, 1837. It changed its name to the Gazette & Mercury.


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