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A Midwife's Tale The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her diary 1785-1812
A Midwife's Tale The Life of Martha Ballard Based on her diary 1785-1812 Author:Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Praise for A Midwife's Tale — "A marvelous exposition of the diary of an ordinary woman who turns out to be quite extraordinary. The laconic record of her life, in Laurel Ulrich's exper hands, becomes a guide no only to early medicine and housekeeping, but to debt, religion, family relations, the labor system, marriage and courtship, court pract... more »ices, and above all the nature of female identity. All of this is made concrete and real in the life of one woman living on the Maine frontier...It is a tour de force of historical analysis and will be valued by students and general readers for years to come." Richard Bushman, Columbia University« less
Ulrich expands upon and explains the diary entries made by Maine midwife Martha Ballard between 1785 and 1812. The underlying theme is the importance of trade among and by women, in support and in counterpoint to that of men, but the whole thing just gets very tedious very quickly. Did not finish.