Hi Jinks History Book Club: Good Wives by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Monday, January 4, 2016

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2016-01-04 19:00 - 20:15

Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750  

by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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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