Margaret Fuller

(1810 - 1850)

In 1846 Margaret Fuller took an assignment to travel to Europe and became America’s first female foreign correspondent, for the New York Tribune. Three years later, she covered the Roman Revolution, becoming the newspaper’s first combat reporter. In 1850 she booked return passage on the merchantman Elizabeth. Caught in a hurricane, it ran aground near Fire Island, New York. Fuller drowned; her body was never found. “Humanity,” wrote Edgar Allan Poe, “can be divided into three classes: men, women, and Margaret Fuller.”

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The mind is not, I know, a highway but a temple, and its doors should not be carelessly left open.

—Margaret Fuller, 1844

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