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Amos Bronson Alcott was a prominent thinker, teacher, and father to four daughters. Abigail Alcott was a social worker who fought for women's rights and abolition. Louisa May Alcott is the author of Little Women, considered a classic piece of American literature. This section attempts to introduce Amos Bronson Alcott, Abigail Alcott, and Louisa May Alcott by highlighting their philosophies, views on social issues, and vast body of published work.
Alongside Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau, Amos Bronson Alcott was one of the New England Transcendentalists. A spiritual and inspirational figure, Alcott’s Transcendentalist views on education, social reform, women’s rights, abolition, and vegetarian lifestyle were published in a number of essays, journals, letters, poems, and books.
Bronson Alcott was a staunch vegetarian who believed that animals should not be consumed by humans for food or clothing. Alcott's philosophy on the vegetable diet, and the conscious and compassionate rejection of meat or egg or fur from any animal, is consistent with what we know today as vegan.