Voices from an Early American Convent: Marie Madeleine Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760 / Edition 1

Voices from an Early American Convent: Marie Madeleine Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760 / Edition 1

by Emily Clark
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807134465

ISBN-13: 9780807134467

Pub. Date: 04/01/2009

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807134467
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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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