Catharine Macaulay — historian and political activist

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Creator(s):
Macaulay, Catharine
Title:
Letters on Education: With Observations on Religious and Metaphysical Subjects
Publication/Origin:
London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1790
Description:
Catharine Macaulay was a leading political activist in England and sympathetic to the French Revolution. The first modern English woman to write a significant work of history, she highlighted the defense of liberties in the face of absolutism and was an ardent opponent of slavery. In this work, Macaulay advocates that boys and girls should be educated together—using the same curriculum—believing without an education women would not achieve political equality. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote Macaulay, “You are the only female writer who I coincide in opinion with respecting the rank our sex ought to endeavor to attain in the world.”
Citation:
Macaulay, Catharine, Letters on Education: With Observations on Religious and Metaphysical Subjects, London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1790, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed March 04, 2021, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4057
 

 

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