- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (June 4, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679733760
- ISBN-13: 978-0679733768
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 175 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Paperback – June 4, 1991
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The diary of a midwife and herbalist reveals the prevalence of violence, crime and premarital sex in rural 18th-century New England. "Fleshing out this midwife's bare entries with interpretive essays . . . Ulrich marvelously illuminates women's status, the history of medicine and daily life in the early Republic," said PW . Illustrated.
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"A truly talented historian unravels the fascinating life of a community that is so foreign, and yet so similar to our own." --The New York Times Book Review
"Expertly executed and endlessly interesting. An offbeat gem of scholarship." --Washington Post Book World
"A marvelously nuanced, subtle, and unillusioned portrayal of one woman's life in early America. It has the makings of a classic." --Stephen Innes, University of Virginia
"It takes a historian of extraordinary persistence, skill, and empathy to recognized [Martha Ballard's] diary as something of a buried treasure and to painstakingly unearth its gems. . . . Ulrich has recognized Ballard's great spirit, and has given to us the gift of a life worth knowing." --Philadelphia Inquirer
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It will open your eyes to the everyday hardships of Augusta Maine in the late 1700. It was a wonder that not only did people survive, but that this midwife had the same infant survival rate that we have now. I highly recommend this book. The only comment is that around the fourth chapter, the author explains the economics of the time. It reads like someone's thesis. Please stick it out or skip to the next chapter, it will be worth your while.
You feel like you go back in time and live this. I never understood just how hard it was to simply put food on the table for the average American. Life was about survival. It is so easily understood and felt in the book.