Louisa May Alcott

By: Sofia Billups

Quote: "I'll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won't."—Louisa May Alcott, fifteen years old.

Quote: " I long to be a man; but as I can't fight, I will content myself with working for those who can."—Louisa May Alcott

Quote: "I am not afraid of storms because I am learning to sail my own ship."- Louisa May Alcott

Summary Of Louisa May's Battle By: Sofia Billups
In the book Louisa May's Battle Louisa was growing up in a poor but respected New England family. Louisa May Alcott supported her family by sewing, teaching, and writing. Louisa grew up during the Civil War and her parents were part of the Underground Railroad sometimes they even harbored slaves. When the civil war started Louisa longed to fight but since she was a woman she could not so she started looking for ways to help the war effort. Louisa volunteered as a war nurse she was one of the few women to volunteer. On December 12, 1862 Louisa set of on a long and complicated journey from Concord to be a nurse at a Union hospital. When Louisa finally got to the hospital she tried to be brave but it finally struck her that she was very far from home. The “hospital” that Louisa May volunteered at was really a creaky old hotel with disease and rats ruling the closet. Louisa wrote letters home full of snap and bite some about a doctor who had trouble treating his patients like humans or another about how white workers abused black workers. On January 1, 1863 came the second part of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in ten states. Louisa was so happy that when the bell rang midnight she jumped out of bed dancing. Volunteering as a war nurse changed Louisa not just as a person but also her writing style that is how she she wrote Little Woman. Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania.Louisa's parents were Abigail May Alcott and Amos Bronson Alcott.Louisa was the second oldest child with three sisters.

Why she is Famous

Louisa May Alcott is famous because she wrote the book Little Women. Little Women was a bestseller. When Louisa May Alcott started working as a nurse she would write letters home then she would keep a copy of the letters later those letters got published as a book called Hospital Sketches. The whole reason Louisa wrote Little Women was because she worked as a nurse at the union hospital. After she got typhoid from working with all the sick soldiers she started writing and sending it to get published every publisher sent it back. Then one day she got a job editing magazines and her boss asked her to write a book. That book was Little Women. Louisa had always dreaded writing a girls book so she waited until the last minute possible and dashed off 400 pages in ten weeks. It turned out that everyone loved the book and they asked for more so Louisa May wrote more books and they were all best sellers.  

Early Life

In Louisa May Alcotts early life she was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Louisa's parents were Amos Bronson Alcott and Abby May Alcott. Louisa May Alcott had three sisters Abigail, Elizabeth and Anna. As Louisa was growing up she had to move around a lot because her dad could not keep a job. When Louisa was growing up her family was in financial difficulty so when she and her sisters were old enough they did jobs to get money for their parents. Louisa was taught by her father until 1848 then she did her studies with friends of her father.


When Louisa May Alcott was growing up and working she had many challenges, including sickness, a failing writing career and mercury poisoning and many other things. When Louisa was thirty she started looking for a job but since she was a woman and was living in the 19 hundreds no one wanted her. Then one day in a newspaper article she saw an add for a job as a nurse. The job description was: A lady at least thirty very strong and plain with a good two characters about her. Louisa had just turned thirty and had always considered herself as strong as a horse and she was very plain. Before Louisa had the nursing job she liked to write stories and try to publish them but every publisher sent her books back with Nasty comments like keep to the kitchen leave the writing for men and other mean things like that. Then one day after she had become sick and finished working at the hospital Louisa found some of the letters she had written while she was working at the hospital so Louisa sent those letters to a newspaper and the newspaper published them.Secondary source

Louisa May Alcott's secondary source is Cheney Louisa May Alcott it is a book about Louisa.

Primary Source Explanation for Louisa May Alcott.

My primary source for Louisa May Alcott is one of her diaries. Louisa May kept her girlhood diary from 1843 to 1846. The diary Louisa wrote in could have possibly come from her father who also kept a diary in which he wrote about his daughters, his work, and many other things. This diary relates to Louisa May Alcott because she wrote it and the diary contains many things about her childhood. Louisa wrote many diaries and they are some of the only things remaining from her life. If you want to read Louisa May Alcott’s diaries they have been published and can be bought on Amazon.

Three facts about Louisa May Alcott

1. Louisa May Alcott died two days after her father and everyone says that's because they could never be separated.
2. Louisa's book Little Women was based on her own childhood.
3. Louisa always wished that she was born a boy because when she lived what girls and women could do was very restricted.


Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

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