The AMA withdrew support after the first year, but she persevered, opening the Alice Freeman Palmer
Thanks to a chance meeting and letter to Wellesley College President Alice Freeman Palmer
, Hawkins was able to spend one year at Salem Normal School before she accepted the teaching position in the South.
1905); The Life of Alice Freeman Palmer
(1908), Intimations of Immortality in the Sonnets of Shakespere (1912), and Formative Types in English Poetry (1918).
Even more, she learned from former Wellesley president Alice Freeman Palmer
, who lived in the Spragues' home while she was dean of women at the new University of Chicago.