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Dall, Caroline Wells Healey (1822–1912) - Popular History

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Caroline Wells Healey Dall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1822, to Mark Healey, a well-to-do merchant and banker, and Caroline (Foster) Healey. She was educated by tutors and at private schools. While still a teenager, she contributed essays on religious and moral topics to periodicals, taught Sunday school, worked with the poor, and conducted a nursery school for children of working mothers. At nineteen she was participating in Margaret Fuller’s public “conversations.” When Mark Healey suffered a reversal of fortunes, Caroline began teaching and from 1840 to 1842 was vice-principal of Miss English’s School for Young Ladies in Georgetown, D.C.; from 1842 to 1844 she was principal.

In 1844 Caroline Healey married the Rev. Charles Henry Appleton Dall, a Unitarian clergyman. The Dalls traveled throughout the East and Canada until he went to India as a missionary in 1855. Caroline stayed in the United States and continued her work for women’s rights, including holding a position as corresponding editor for Paula Wright Davis’s monthly, Una . She published a collection of early writings as Essays and Sketches in 1849 and began a series of lectures on women’s history, which was published as Historical Pictures Retouched (1860). That same year she wrote Women’s Right to Labor and Life of Dr. Marie Zakrzewska . In 1861 she wrote Woman’s Rights Under the Law . In 1865 she founded the American Social Science Association, of which she was director from 1865 to 1880 and vice-president from 1880 to 1905. During that time she wrote The College, the Market, and the Court; Or Woman’s Relations to Education, Labor and Law (1867). In 1868 she wrote Egypt’s Place in History , followed by a three-volume children’s book, Patty Gray’s Journey to the Cotton Islands (1869–1870). Five years later she wrote The Romance of the Association; Or, One Last Glimpse of Charlotte Temple and Eliza Wharton. My First Holiday, Or, Letters Home from Colorado, Utah, and California was published in 1881, What We Really Know About Shakespeare in 1886, Sordello—A History and A Poem in 1886, and Dr. Anadabai Joshee in 1888. She wrote Barbara Fritchie—A Study in 1892, Transcendentalism in New England in 1897, a privately printed memoir of her childhood titled Alongside in 1900, Nazareth in 1903, and Fog Bells in 1905.

Caroline Dall died in Washington, D.C., on December 17, 1912.


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