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School of Philosophy, Concord, Massachusetts
Alcott's School of Philosophy in Concord, Massachusetts

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Educator Amos Bronson Alcott, Father of Louisa May Alcott, Was Born
November 29, 1799

Alcott put his educational theories to the test with his own family. He and his wife had four daughters, Anna, Louisa, Lizzie, and May. Alcott believed that education should be a pleasant experience, and he included physical education, dance, art, music, nature study, and daily journal writing in the course of studies he established at his school. At first the school was successful, but it later failed when he insisted on allowing a black child to attend, and by 1835, all the remaining pupils had withdrawn.

The financial success of Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), who wrote about a family based on her own in the classic novel Little Women (1868-1869), was a big help to the Alcott family. The Alcotts moved to Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, where Amos Alcott established the Concord Summer School of Philosophy in a converted barn. The school flourished until shortly after his death in 1888.

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