The Evils Suffered by American Women and American Children


Catharine Esther Beecher,  The Evils Suffered by American Women and American Children: The Causes and the Remedy. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. Image from John P. Robarts Library, University of Toronto, via the Internet Archive.

Catharine Beecher advocated for education reform in the attempt to improve women’s and children’s lives. Born to a progressive and religious family, Beecher was the eldest of many siblings, one of whom was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852). The Evils Suffered by American Women and American Children is an address in two parts. First, to her countrywomen, Beecher requests support for her plan to place willing and competent women teachers in Western schools. Second, to the clergy, she asks to implement more Protestant schooling opportunities nationwide to teach children morality and piety.

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