A midwife's tale: the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812

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Knopf, Mar 10, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
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Martha Ballard was a midwife and medical practitioner. Her diary recounts the sensational events of her neighborhood--whether it be the ex-minister's wife charging a local judge with rape or the mass murder of a family--and catches the small movements that characterized life and death in an 18th-century town. Illustrated.

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Review: A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

User Review  - Lauren Csaki - Goodreads

Wow, was this an impressive book. Clearly the result of years of study and thought, Ulrich's Pulitzer Prize winner takes us through the dense, terse, and often puzzling diary of Martha Ballard, an ... Read full review

Review: A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

User Review  - Robin - Goodreads

I read this book after Laurel Ulrich Thatcher won the Pulitzer Prize. I found Martha Ballard a fascinating person who lived a life devoted to serving her family, and her women neighbors. There are ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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Exceeding Dangerously ill
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Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Beverly Wilson Palmer is former coordinator of the Writing Program at Pomona College and a seasoned documentary editor. Among her works is the two-volume The Selected Letters of Charles Sumner, also published by Northeastern University Press. She lives in Claremont, California. Laurel THatcher Ulrich, editor of the New England Women's Diaries Series, is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of History and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.