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Written by Laurel Thatcher UlrichAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: June 4, 1991
  • Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-73257-0 (0-679-73257-8)
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Winner of the Colonial Dames of America Award

This enthralling work of scholarship reveals the hidden and not always stoic face of the "goodwives" of Colonial America. We encounter the awesome burdens and considerable power of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. Painstakingly researched and lively with scandal and homely detail, this is history at its best.

“A major addition to our historical understanding of women in colonial New England...a pathbreaking depiction of wives and mothers.”—Kathryn Kish Sklar

“[Ulrich] makes a modern reader understand what it would have been like to have been born female in early New England...a truly remarkable achievement.”—Mary Beth Norton, Cornell University

“Professor Ulrich makes a convincing case that although New England women did not hold church power, their participation in the community was not defined by a systematic ideology of femininity such as existed in the 19th century. Assembling evidence from court records, probate inventories and a variety of other sources, she shows how the rigors of colonial life, combined with the Puritan notion of spiritual equality in marriage, led women to a range of activity overlapping that of men.” —The New York Times


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