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The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America Paperback – April 17, 1995
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“Engrossing family history, very well told.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“An admirable book about an admirable person. . . . Thoroughly engrossing.”
- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
“A poignant, even heart-wrenching story. The Buels make clear just how disruptive the Revolution was in the private lives of families. It is a beautifully written, irresistible story that tells a lot about what the Revolution really meant.”
- Richard L. Bushman, Columbia University
“Vivid, splendid reading―reading for pleasure, for profit, for a sure grasp of the past that made the present possible. ”
- William Manchester
About the Author
The late Joy Day Buel was an editor and freelance writer.
Richard Buel, Jr., is professor of history at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.
Top customer reviews
When the Revolution started I sat up and took notice.
I had no idea of what it was like to fight for freedom as a State. Funding, law and order broke down. One lived in fear of kidnapping. You couldn't trust your neighbors, being unsure of their true allegiance. Mary's husband left to help defend New York while their own state, Conn. was under attack by the British Navy.
Mary's husband returned from the War a man broken physically and financially.
The last part of the book, the outcomes for her children revealed a pattern of what was probably Bipolar Illness complicated with Epilepsy, the genetic inheritance from her first husband. Mary had no framework within which to conceptualize these disasters. The Religion she had relied on had no answers.
The story is one of a brave and capable woman living at a difficult time. It is modern in that it is the story of a woman trying to maintain her family while her society tears itself appart.
I recommend it.
The Buel's accurate description of 18th Century life, and of the telling of this rare woman's life are exceptional, to say the least!
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Mary Fish takes us from 1736, her birth, to 1818 and her death.
The rarity of finding so much information to confirm the life of a woman in America from this era is truly remarkable! And the Buel's tell it with rare form!
From the death of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to that of three spouses, Mary Fish Silliman Noyes Dickinson's life is one that drew strength from her faith in God, and her belief in this great land.
Truly an inspiration, I give this work a five star rating...and my thumbs up award!
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in biographical studies of the 18th century.
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