Voices from an Early American Convent: Marie Madeleine Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760

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Overview

In 1727, twelve nuns left France to establish a community of Ursuline nuns in New Orleans, the capital of the French colony of Louisiana. Notable for founding a school that educated all free girls, regardless of social rank, the Ursulines also ran an orphanage, administered the colony's military hospital, and sustained an aggressive program of catechesis among the enslaved population of colonial Louisiana. In Voices from an Early American Convent, Emily Clark extends the boundaries of early American women's history through the firsthand accounts of these remarkable French missionaries, in particular Marie Madeleine Hachard. These fascinating documents reveal women of determination, courage, and conviction, who chose to forgo the traditional European roles of wife and mother, embrace lives of public service, and forge a community among the diverse inhabitants -- enslaved and free -- who occupied early New Orleans.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807134467
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,124,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Clark is an assistant professor of history at Tulane University. She worked as an archaeologist, social worker, and university vice president before returning to graduate school in midlife to pursue a Ph.D. in history. She is a native of New Orleans, where she was educated in public schools and at Tulane University.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Letters of Marie Madeleine Hachard     20
Obituary Letters     93
Procession Account     119
Note on Translation     129
Publication History of Hachard's Letters     131
Index     133
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