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Kate Chopin A Controversial Feminist Kate Chopin was one of the greatest and earliest feminist writers in history whose works have inspired some and drawn much criticism from others Chopin through her writings had shown her struggle for freedom and individuality Katherine OFlaherty Chopin was born February 8 1851 to a wealthy Irish Catholic Family in St Louis Missouri Kate Chopin 1 Her father Thomas OFlaherty was a founder of the Pacific Railroad who unfortunately died when a train fell off a collapsed bridge on its inaugural trip in 1855 Only a few years later Kates older brother George was captured by Union soldiers during the Civil War in 1863 He then died in captivity from typhoid fever The loss of both of Kates male role models created the powerful relationships she had with her mother grandmother and great-grandmother Eliza Faris OFlaherty Kates mother was a member of a French-Creole community and an active participant in that community After her husbands death Eliza became more religious and closer to her daughter Kate had also developed strong ties with her great-grandmother who taught her how to speak French and play the piano Kate received most of her education in St Louis at the St Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart 2 Soon after her father and brothers deaths Kates great-grandmother had also passed away Kate took the loss very badly and absorbed herself in literature After her graduation in 1868 Kate spent the next few years living a privileged lifestyle in the St Louis high society She enjoyed life as an independent woman and was criticized for walking unaccompanied through the city and for her smoking habit Kate met Oscar Chopin a Louisiana cotton factor in the late 1880s After a yearlong engagement she finally married him on June 9 1870 When Oscars cotton factoring business failed in 1879 he decided to move up north to his familys plantations It was there that Kate became introduced
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