Women’s Rights Activist and Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller

As a special event jointly sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Paris and The Democrats Abroad France Women’s Caucus, I have the privilege of speaking on the extraordinary life and work of Margaret Fuller on Monday, September 7, 2015 on the Left Bank of the Seine. Margaret spent three months in Paris during November 1846 through February 1847 experiencing her Grand Tour of Europe yet totally transforming into a catalyst for social justice and democracy for the people of Europe. She wrote about the heartache and hunger of the people in Paris which were being suppressed as the first woman foreign correspondent for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. This would lead to the revolution of 1848 which Victor Hugo describes in his monumental fiction, Les Miserables. Margaret also wrote for a French magazine and met her inspiration, writer and feminist George Sand, and Sand’s companion, Chopin. Later in Italy, Margaret would direct the field hospital where Roman soldiers were wounded and dying from the French bullets and bombs during the Roman Revolution of 1848-1849.

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