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        Defying Convention | Little Women

        Explore how Jo's dreams of being a writerand her refusal to marry Theodore Laurence (Laurie)defied the conventional roles of women in 19th-century America, in this video excerpt from Little Women | MASTERPIECE. Although readers pressured author Louisa May Alcott to have Jo marry Laurie, the handsome, loyal, and adoring boy next door, she refused. Coupled with Jo's determination to become a writer, despite the odds, Jo's actions were not only distinctive in post-Civil War American literature and life but made her a memorable heroine who would continue to inspire audiences for years to come. This resource is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection

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