Alice Hubbard

On this date in 1861, Alice Hubbard (nee Moore) was born. She was educated at State Normal School in Buffalo, New York, and the Emerson College of Oratory in Boston. She married Elbert Hubbard and became general superintendent of Hubbard's Roycroft Shop, as well as manager of the Roycroft Inn and principal of Roycroft School for Boys. The couple espoused egalitarian marriage and feminism. Her husband, a freethinker like Alice, was a famous and respected writer particularly known for his aphorisms. Elbert Hubbard was the founder of Roycroft Press, which published many freethinking and progressive writers. He collected what he called a "campus of artisans" to work on The Roycroft Movement, producing art and china as well as leather-bound books. He also edited a magazine called "Philistine." Alice Hubbard wrote several books, including Woman's Work: Being an Inquiry and an Assumption (1908) and edited An American Bible (1912). In the introduction of that book, Alice wrote: "This is the book we offer—a book written by Americans, for Americans. It is a book without myth, miracle, mystery, or metaphysics—a commonsense book for people who prize commonsense as a divine heritage. The book that will benefit most is the one that inspires men to think and to act for themselves." Her chapters edit the writings of "the Prophets": Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Elbert Hubbard. The book is printed like a modern-day bible, in 2-column script excerpting nuggets of wisdom from the selected American authors. The couple tragically went down on the Lusitania. D. 1915.

“The world can only be redeemed through action—movement—motion. Uncoerced, unbribed and unbought, humanity will move toward the light.”

—Alice Hubbard's introduction to "An American Bible" (1912)

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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