Amos Bronson Alcott's Daughter Is Born

Louisa May Alcott, the second daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott, teacher and transcendentalist philosopher, and Abigail May, social worker and reformer, was born in the "disagreeable month" of November, just like her literary creation Jo March, the rambunctious heroine of Little Women.

On November 29, 1832, Amos Bronson Alcott wrote his father-in-law of his joy in "the birth of a second daughter on my own birth-day." Convinced of the importance of early childhood, Bronson Alcott continued to keep a daily journal of each of his four daughters' growth and activities. Shortly before her second birthday, Louisa's father wrote of her.

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.

Louisa…manifests uncommon activity and force of mind at present…by force of will and practical talent, [she] realizes all that she conceives…”

— Bronson Alcott