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

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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...
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Overview

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.
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"[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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679732570
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 301,724
  • 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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Table of Contents


Part One: Bathsheba
1. The Ways of Her Household
2. Deputy Husbands
3. A Friendly Neighbor
4. Pretty Gentlewoman

Part Two: Eve
5. The Serpent Beguiled Me
6. Consort
7. Travail
8. Mother of All Living

Part Three: Jael
9. Blessed Above Women
10. Viragoes
11. Captives
12. Daughters of Zion

Afterword

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

    Awesome book

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

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