In researching and writing my book on Giuseppe and Anita Garibaldi and the unification of Italy (A Man Of Action Saving Liberty: A Novel Based On The Life Of Giuseppe Garibaldi) I re-discovered the first American female war correspondent – Margaret Fuller — who I had first met in a college course on the Transcendentalists. I was once again fascinated by a life lived purposefully.
Then I found Tammy Rose’s podcast on the Transcendentalists – Concord Days – and was delighted when she asked me to guest for a discussion of Fuller’s work in Italy as both a journalist – and a nurse. — Rosanne
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Concord Days sends love to Margaret Fuller on the anniversary of her death in 1850.
The conversation focuses on Margaret’s exciting days in ITALY!
Dr. Rosanne Welch takes us through her adventures and enthusiastically reminds us what she was like when she was living her best life!
Tammy: Also her other book, Summer on the Lakes, which you know was written you know like 1844 where she’s just going to the Great Lakes and she’s essentially writing you know a version of Walden of her own and she’s talking with native Americans and all of this. It’s a travel memoir. It’s a, you know, it’s a journalistic you know um like it’s again dispatches from her journey…
Rosanne: …and we forget how important the Great Lakes were, right, before the country is humongous. This is how we travel all the goods and whatnot. I mean again from Ohio from Cleveland and just thinking about all the people I know who live in that area. It was so important that the Erie Canal — all these things that provided the transportation on water long before we have it any other way. It’s huge. I mean so to go to the Great Lakes. they were — they mean nothing now. Kids are like what’s the Great Lakes. I remember like they had to remember their names and all this stuff because times change but they were such a thing for her to memorialize if you will.
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