Margaret Hope Bacon ’43 has recently published two books. Abby Hopper Gibbons, Prison Reformer and Social Activist (State University of New York Press, 2000) is included in the SUNY series in Women, Crime, and Criminology. It is the first contemporary biography of Gibbons, a Quaker, abolitionist, and feminist who helped to found the Women’s Prison Association of New York City in 1845. Love is the Hardest Lesson, A Memoir (Pendle Hill Publications, 1999) is an account of her experiences working in a state mental institution as the young wife of a conscientious objector during World War II. Following World War II, Margaret entered a career in journalism, free-lance writing, and public relations. She spent 22 years in the Information Services Department of the American Friends Service Committee. In 1969 she published her first book, The Quiet Rebels, the Story of Quakers in America, and all together has written twelve books on Quaker history and biography, many on women. She and her husband Allen share three children and four grandchildren.


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