A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812


A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
ISBN-10 0679733760
ISBN-13 9780679733768
Year 1991-06-04
Pages 444
Language English
Publisher Vintage Books
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEDrawing on the diaries of one woman in eighteenth century Maine this intimate history illuminates the medical practices household economies religious rivalries and sexual mores of the New England frontier Between 1785 and 1812 a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work in 27 years she attended 816 births as well as her domestic life in Hallowell Maine On the basis of that diary Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard but of her society At once lively and impeccably scholarly A Midwife s Tale is a triumph of history on a human scale

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