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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

by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679732570
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/1991
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 562,651
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

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 She is immediate past president of the Mormon History Association. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Part One: Bathsheba
1. The Ways of Her Household
2. Deputy Husbands
3. A Friendly Neighbor
4. Pretty Gentlewoman

Part Two: Eve
5. The Serpent Beguiled Me
6. Consort
7. Travail
8. Mother of All Living

Part Three: Jael
9. Blessed Above Women
10. Viragoes
11. Captives
12. Daughters of Zion


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