Julia Ward Howe

women's rights activist And Abolitionist...

Above from left to right there is Julia, next is Julia's husband Samuel, and last is Julia in her later years.


Julia Ward Howe was born on May 27, 1819. She was born in the state of New York. She was educated by herself and also people who would come and teach her. This was because her father didn't like it when she left the house.Her father believed that the women should stay home and do the chores. Julia Was fourth out of seven children. Both her parents died when she was quite young. When she was older she married a man named Samuel Gridley Howe. They had three children together.


When Julia married Samuel things were going great at first. But in there later years he would not let her leave the house to work. Awhile after that he started to control the family's income and other things. Problems in the marriage began to escalate and in the year 1852 they separated. Also women didn't have rights, and they were often mistreated by their husbands. She thought that was wrong and wanted to change it.
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Above the picture shows women holding a sign fighting for women's rightsto vote.


The things she accomplished by being a women's rights activist were she was co-founder of the American woman suffrage association. Julia helped find the women's journal, that she spent 20 years editing. She also established and led many major women's clubs. She also was the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of arts and letters.


Julia did not like the idea of slavery and owning slaves to do your work.

Changes that Julia made was she would write plays and poems describing how owning slaves and treating them bad was not right and needed to stop. she also helped John Brown who led abortive efforts at Harper's Ferry hoping to take the weapons stored there and give them to the Virginia slaves. His supporters hoped the slaves would rise up in an armed rebellion, and end slavery.

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Above show the song that Julia wrote during the Civil War. The song is called The Battle Hymn Of The Republic.

Remembered for...

  1. She was most remembered for her civil war song era, the Battle Hymn Of The Republic.
  2. Wrote many books such as collections of poetry and also travel volumes.
  3. Along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a co founder of the women’s suffrage movement.
  4. The Howe neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota is named after her.
  5. In the year 1867 she put out eleven copies of the literary magazine the "Northern lights."
  6. Helped to find the the New England womens Sufferage Association and the New England womens club.