Included here are more extensive essays I have written and presentations made on the life and works of Louisa May Alcott and her family. They are made available for your reading enjoyment.

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  1. by the title of the essay or presentation
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  3. the author (Susan Bailey.)

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Table of Contents

(listed in order of date, most recent first):

“From Metaphysics and Christian Science to ‘Little Women:’ The Alcott Family’s Connections to Swampscott and Lynn”
May 24, 2018 ©2018 Susan W. Bailey

“‘Housework ain’t no joke …’ Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts” (presentation with essay and audio)
February 8, 2018 ©2018 Susan W. Bailey

Lost Photographs, a family album, and the gift of ancestry:
The search for an image of Minot Pratt unearths new photos of Anna Alcott and John Pratt
January 14, 2018 ©2018 Susan W. Bailey

The True Origins of the P.C. and the P.O.
December 13, 2016 ©2016 Susan W. Bailey

“Fact, fiction & in-between: Reading Louisa May Alcott with discernment”
April 30, 2013 ©2013 Susan W. Bailey
(formerly titled “Game Changer: How One Book Changed My Perspective on History”)