Year of Revolutions (1848)
This chapter examines the personal experiences of Margaret Fuller in Italy in 1848. On January 11, 1848, Fuller wrote a letter to her friend Caroline Sturgis about her pregnancy. There was much speculation about her pregnancy that affected her reputation. Despite the absence of hard evidence, such as a marriage certificate, it was presumed to be almost certain at some point before or during her pregnancy that Fuller secretly married. This chapter discusses the important financial reasons for the secret marriage. These include the serious impact of an illicit marriage and out-of-wedlock child on Giovanni Angelo Ossoli’s inheritance and on Fuller’s employment in America.
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