An American Witness to a Foreign Revolution

Sarah Margaret Fuller. From The Miriam and Ira D. Wallah Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

On August 1st, 1846, Margaret Fuller travelled to Europe to be a foreign correspondent for Greeley and the Tribune. By 1847, Fuller had landed in Rome where she fell in love with Italian revolutionary Marchese Giovanni Angelo d’Ossoli (Giovanni), and on September 5th, 1848, she gave birth to a son, Angelo Eugene Phillip d’Ossoli (Nino). By this time, Fuller had already decided to stay in Italy and had become involved in the Revolution. At the height of the Revolution and during the French siege of Rome, Fuller took charge of a city hospital called Fate-bene Fratelli while Giovanni was fighting. Once Rome had fallen, Margaret and Giovanni decided to leave Italy and set sail for America on the 17th of May, 1850.