Catharine Beecher

Beecher, Catharine Esther

Catharine Esther Beecher, 1800–1878, American educator, b. East Hampton, N.Y.; daughter of Lyman Beecher. She first taught in New London, Conn., and in 1824 founded a girls' school in Hartford. Later she organized the Western Female Institute in Cincinnati (1832) and similar institutions in Quincy, Ill., Milwaukee, and Burlington, Iowa. Author of works on religion, health, and domestic science (which she introduced in her schools), Beecher was indefatigable in the promotion of liberal education for women, although she opposed woman suffrage.

See biographies by M. E. Harveson (1932, repr. 1969) and K. K. Sklar (1973).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Catharine Beecher: Selected full-text books and articles

The Limits of Sisterhood: The Beecher Sisters on Women's Rights and Woman's Sphere By Jeanne Boydston; Mary Kelley; Anne Margolis University of North Carolina Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Catharine Esther Beecher: 'A Power and Station and Influence'"
Divine Destiny: Gender and Race in Nineteenth-Century Protestantism By Carolyn A. Haynes University Press of Mississippi, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "Ladders and Quilts: Catharine Beecher's and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Visions of the Christian Subject and Nation"
The American Experience in Education By John Barnard; David Burner New Viewpoints, 1975
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Educated Woman in America: Catharine Beecher and Margaret Fuller"
Against the Tide: Women Reformers in American Society By Paul A. Cimbala; Randall M. Miller Praeger Publishers, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Catharine Beecher and Domestic Relations" begins on p. 1
White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States By Louise Michele Newman Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "The Gender Politics of Catharine Beecher" begins on p. 75
Managers of Virtue: Public School Leadership in America, 1820-1980 By David Tyack; Elisabeth Hansot Basic Books, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Domesticating the Nation: Catharine Beecher" begins on p. 67
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States By Kenneth T. Jackson Oxford University Press, 1985
Librarian’s tip: "Catharine Beecher" begins on p. 61
The Feminization of Roaring Camp: Bret Harte and the American Woman's Home By Nissen, Axel Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 34, No. 3, Summer 1997
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