Education: The Versatile Girl

Since she could not go to Harvard, Miss Abby Leach of Brockton, Mass, decided to make Harvard come to her: she persuaded three of its most eminent scholars to give her private lessons in Greek, Latin and English. It was a bold and brash decision for the 1870s, but Miss Leach did so well that she found herself a major argument for a hot crusade. If one young lady could master a Harvard education, why shouldn't others get the chance? It was perfectly obvious that never again could Harvard underestimate the powers of a...

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