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Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women

by Kathleen Krull

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How serving as a nurse to wounded soldiers led to her distinguished career as an author. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
This book follows the life of Louisa May. She always wanted to help in the Civil War, but because she was a woman, she couldn't fight. Instead, she becomes a nurse, taking care of each and every solider with love and care. She becomes ill and is taken home. After she became better, she wrote the book Little Women ( )
  Y-NhiVu | Nov 27, 2014 |
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This book begins with the introduction of the Luisa May’s family. Luisa grows up in an environment where she sees her father fighting for rights of blacks through out his educational career. She becomes an educator but is motivated to become a nurse for the military. She helps and learns form the soldiers she is taking care of. When she returns she finally begins writings. She becomes a famous writer and is able to help out her family financially.

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I grew up loving the book and movie Little Women. My sister and cousins will play that each owns of us were one of the March sisters. I knew little women were loosely base of her but I never knew that she was a nurse.

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Begin by asking each student to pick his or her favorite book. Students will complete an author study of their favorite book. Students will read aloud their author study to the class. ( )
  readcindyread | Oct 24, 2014 |
Louisa May wanted to fight in the war but since she was a woman she decided to become a nurse and help take care of the wounded soldiers. She sailed on a ship, and rode in a train to where she arrived in Washington where she opened up her own "hospital". She wrote letters which eventually turned into a book called "hospital sketches". She also wrote Little Women.
  tina265 | Apr 24, 2014 |
Genre: Non-Fiction
Audience: 3-5th grade
This is a very inspiring book about the author Louisa Alcott who wrote Little Women. It portrays how Louisa went to work as a nurse during the Civil war and faced a lot of hardship. She was against slavery and helped with the war effort by tending to soldiers. After the war ended she went on to write books and Little Women was one of her all time best sellers. I will definitely use this book in my classroom when we learn about the Civil war and how women helped with the war effort. ( )
  ShantiR | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802796680, Hardcover)

Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring for soldiers' wounds and writing letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work. When her own letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer. The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in Little Women, which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War. It was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never have written without the time she spent healing others in service of her country.

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"Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring for soldiers' wounds and writing letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work. When her own letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer. The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in Little Women, which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War. It was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never have written without the time she spent healing others in service of her country." - Amazon.… (more)

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