Good Wives : Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650 - 1750
Good Wives Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England 1650 1750 Author:Laurel Thatcher Ulrich This enthralling work of scholarship strips away those 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... more » 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.« less
Full title: Good Wives - Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England 1650-1750. Exhaustively researched and full of intriguing facts, this book remains somewhat hampered by its scholarly style.