A Midwife's Tale

The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich; J. Laslocky (Editor)
Vintage, Paperback, 9780679733768, 464pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 1991

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Description

Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.




About the Author
Beverly Wilson Palmer is former coordinator of the Writing Program at Pomona College and a seasoned documentary editor. Among her works is the two-volume The Selected Letters of Charles Sumner, also published by Northeastern University Press. She lives in Claremont, California. Laurel THatcher Ulrich, editor of the New England Women's Diaries Series, is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of History and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.



Praise For A Midwife's Tale

"A major source through which we can vicariously experience the rural life of early New England." --Carl N. Degler, The New York Times Book Review

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