Amos Bronson Alcott, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Amos Bronson Alcott

American teacher and writer

Date of Birth: 29-Nov-1799

Place of Birth: Wolcott, Connecticut, United States

Date of Death: 04-Mar-1888

Profession: writer, teacher, poet, philosopher

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Amos Bronson Alcott

  • Amos Bronson Alcott (; November 29, 1799 – March 4, 1888) was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer.
  • As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment.
  • He hoped to perfect the human spirit and, to that end, advocated a vegan diet before the term was coined.
  • He was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women's rights. Born in Wolcott, Connecticut in 1799, Alcott had only minimal formal schooling before attempting a career as a traveling salesman.
  • Worried about how the itinerant life might have a negative impact on his soul, he turned to teaching.
  • His innovative methods, however, were controversial, and he rarely stayed in one place very long.
  • His most well-known teaching position was at the Temple School in Boston.
  • His experience there was turned into two books: Records of a School and Conversations with Children on the Gospels.
  • Alcott became friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson and became a major figure in transcendentalism.
  • His writings on behalf of that movement, however, are heavily criticized for being incoherent.
  • Based on his ideas for human perfection, Alcott founded Fruitlands, a transcendentalist experiment in community living.
  • The project was short-lived and failed after seven months.
  • Alcott continued to struggle financially for most of his life.
  • Nevertheless, he continued focusing on educational projects and opened a new school at the end of his life in 1879.
  • He died in 1888. Alcott married Abby May in 1830 and they eventually had four surviving children, all daughters.
  • Their second was Louisa May, who fictionalized her experience with the family in her novel Little Women in 1868.

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