Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750

Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750

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by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, J. Laslocky
     
 

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This enthralling work of scholarship strips away those abstractions to reveal the hidden — and not always stoic — face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens — and the considerable power — of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men.

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This enthralling work of scholarship strips away those abstractions to reveal the hidden — and not always stoic — face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens — and the considerable power — of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. We see her borrowing from her neighbors, loving her husband, raising — and, all too often, mourning — her children, and even attaining fame as a heroine of frontier conflicts or notoriety as a murderess. Painstakingly researched, lively with scandal and homely detail, Good Wives is history at its best.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Ulrich] makes a modern reader understand what it would have been like to have been born female in early New England...a truly remarkable achievement." — Mary Beth Norton, Cornell University

A gravestone in northern New England proclaims that a woman was "Eminent for Holiness...Prudence, Sincerity...Meakness...Weanedness From ye World...Publick-Spiritedness ...Faithfulness & Charity."

"A major addition to our historical understanding of women in colonial New England...a path-breaking depiction of wives and mothers." — Kathryn Kish Sklar, S.U.N.Y., Binghamton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679732570
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1991
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
362,128
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich received the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the American Historical Association's Joan Kelly and John H. Dunning Prizes for 1990 for A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812. She is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire.

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This book gives you the details of what life was like for women in colonial times...Excellent.