Edward Bellamy House

Category: Women’s history

Like Mother, Like Son

Edward Bellamy was said to be his mother’s favorite son following the death of his oldest brother, Packer, but his biographers describe her as stern and somewhat cold.  What do we know about their relationship, and about Maria Bellamy as a mother?…Read More

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The Warners of Chicopee Falls: Carrie

Researching women in the 19th and early 20th centuries can be challenging.  More limited in the occupations and interests they could pursue, women were often overshadowed and left out of the historical record…Read More

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The Strength of the Vote

Equal wages for all, improvements in education, the abolition of political parties: Edward Bellamy’s bestselling utopian novel, Looking Backward, is full of what his contemporaries considered radical ideas. In fact, Bellamy openly expressed less-than-traditional ideas throughout his writing career. It stands to reason, then, that women’s suffrage would have been among the many social changes his novel proposed—except it wasn’t…Read More

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