Julia Ward Howe, whose works ranged widely, from philosophical poems to a psychological novel about a human being of indeterminate gender, was a personality too resonating with our time for us not to take an interest in her texts (and why not discuss some topics from these/ attached/ with your students).
Mainly known, during her lifetime, for the patriotic Battle Hymn of the Republic, written when the civil war broke out in America, she described herself as a lifelong student of philosophy, and of languages, but was also a staunch advocate of human rights, and a talented educator.
Reading in several languages, travelling across many countries, and communicating with such famous contemporaries of hers as Henry Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, etc., Julia Ward Howe engaged in giving public lectures, as well as social criticism, and writing on varied cultures – which can surprise you with topicality too.
So let me wish you enjoyable reading!
Lala Sadykhova, PhD,