Amos Bronson Alcott Is Born

On November 29, 1799, Amos Bronson Alcott, educator, philosopher of American Transcendentalism, and father of the original "Little Women"—Anna, Louisa, Elizabeth, and May Alcott—was born in Wolcott, Connecticut.

The son of a poor flax farmer, Alcott was almost completely self-educated. As a young man, Alcott worked as a peddler, handyman, and gardener, pursuing a self-selected course of readings in English and German literature and philosophy.

In 1830, Alcott journeyed to Boston to attend a series of lectures on abolition. There he met Samuel May, the first Unitarian minister in Massachusetts, and his sister Abigail May, a teacher and social worker. On May 23, 1830, Alcott and Abba May were married. During the next several years the Alcotts were forced to move several times, as Alcott's experimental schools were attempted, then abandoned as financially unsuccessful.

Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799 – March 4, 1888) was an American teacher and writer. He is remembered for founding a short-lived and unconventional school as well as an utopian community known as "Fruitlands", and for his association with Transcendentalism. He was the father of the novelist Louisa May Alcott.

Alcott was born on Spindle Hill in the town of Wolcott, New Haven County, Connecticut on November 29, 1799. His father, Joseph Chatfield Alcox, was a farmer and mechanic whose ancestors, then bearing the name of Alcocke, had settled in eastern Massachusetts in colonial days. The son adopted the spelling "Alcott" in his early youth.

Woman…is helping herself to secure her place in a better spirit and manner than any we [men] can suggest or devise,…it becomes us to take, rather than proffer Consels [sic], readily waiting to learn her wishes and aims, as she has so long, and so patiently deferred to us. ”

— Letter from A. Bronson Alcott to Elizabeth Cady Stanton