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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 29, 2010 - Social Science - 336 pages
This enthralling work of scholarship strips away†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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Contents

BATHSHEBA II
5
Pretty Gentlewomen
68
EVE
87
Consort Ioť
126
Mother of All Living
146
JAEL
165
Viragoes
184
Captives
202
Daughters of Zion
215
Afterword
237
Abbreviations
243
Bibliographic Essay
277
Index
283
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LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH was born in Sugar City, Idaho. She holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire, University of Utah, and Simmons College. She is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University and past president of the American Historical Association. As a MacArthur Fellow, Ulrich worked on the PBS documentary based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book†A Midwife's Tale.†Her work is also featured on an award-winning website called dohistory.org. She is immediate past president of the Mormon History Association. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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