Personal History: Martha Ballard, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and the Scholarly Guise in Early American Women’s Studies

@article{Rust2015PersonalHM,
  title={Personal History: Martha Ballard, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and the Scholarly Guise in Early American Women’s Studies},
  author={Marion Rust},
  journal={Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers},
  year={2015},
  volume={32},
  pages={147 - 166}
}
  • Marion Rust
  • Published 2015
  • History
  • Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
A familiar with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s prizewinning study A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785– 1812 might be forgiven for taking the “two lives” she refers to above as her own and Goody Ballard’s.1 As this prominent historian of early American women would be the first to admit, she practically becomes Ballard in this book.2 Excerpts from the midwife’s diary, elliptical and untouched, constitute the first few pages of every chapter, ten in all. Each is… Expand
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