Vertuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735

  title={Vertuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735},
  author={Laurel Thatcher Ulrich},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  • L. Ulrich
  • Published 21 January 1976
  • History
  • American Quarterly
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