Thursday, March 06, 2014
Telling Herstory 2014: Good Wives by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England 1650-1750 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
What's it about:
"In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens-and the considerable power-of a New England's housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. We see her borrowing from neighbors, loving her husband, raising-and, all to often, mourning-her children, and even attaining fame as a heroine of frontier conflicts or notoriety as a murderess."
Why you should read it:
One of the aspect of Ulrich's books I love is the look at ordinary women's lives. She is essentially doing genealogy, but she is showing us how to find the history to do that genealogy. Consult her website Do History, link below, to get some ideas about methodology and resources.
Other books by Ulrich include A Midwife's Tale; Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History; The Age of Homespun; Yards and Gates; and New Year in Cuba.