New World, New Roles A Documentary History of Women in Pre-Industrial America (Contributions in Women's Studies)

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Format Hardcover Subject Social Sciences Women s Studies Publisher New York Greenwood Press 1986

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"New World, New Roles, edited by Sylvia R. Frey and Marian J. Morton, is a rich and stimulating collection of documents that reveals the texture, complexity, and diversity in the experiences of women in pre-industrial America. This collection goes far beyond sermons by men and diaries of elite women in its presentation of a remarkable range of documents that enable readers to examine experiences of white women of different classes, regions, and religions, and also the experiences of slave and Amerindian women. In addition, Frey and Morton have provided concise and informative discussions of the major historiographical issues in their introductions to the chapters and excellent headnotes for the individual documents.... Although this collection will probably be too difficult for students in introductory courses, it will be invaluable for those in more advanced courses on early America and women's history. The range of documents readers will encounter in this one collection is impressive: the usual diary and journal excerpts, sermons, trial records, newspapers, and advice literature; but other sources encountered less frequently in documentaries: slave petitions, recipes, and account book and mortality records from slave ships, a midwife's list of deliveries, the rules and relugations of a lying-in hospital, marriage contracts, household inventories, divorce petitions, and licenses. This long list is but a sampling of the materials in this rich and rewarding book."-Teaching History

"Frey and Morton use cogent, lucid introductions and annotations as a setting for a collection of documents that speak with insistent voices about women's activities and social positions in America from the Colonial period to 1815. Pointing out that nobody came to the New World to get poor' or to become unhappy, the authors discuss women's roles in the relationships circumscribed by family, work, religion, and law. The introductions to the documents are excellent; the documents themselves are in turn poignant, witty, revealing, and subtle, but always compelling. The text preceding each document provides a setting, raises a question, or introduces an issue.... The tone is reasoned and objective. A great deal of valuable bibliographic information is interspersed throughout the text...."-Choice

?Frey and Morton use cogent, lucid introductions and annotations as a setting for a collection of documents that speak with insistent voices about women's activities and social positions in America from the Colonial period to 1815. Pointing out that nobody came to the New World to get poor' or to become unhappy, the authors discuss women's roles in the relationships circumscribed by family, work, religion, and law. The introductions to the documents are excellent; the documents themselves are in turn poignant, witty, revealing, and subtle, but always compelling. The text preceding each document provides a setting, raises a question, or introduces an issue.... The tone is reasoned and objective. A great deal of valuable bibliographic information is interspersed throughout the text....?-Choice

?New World, New Roles, edited by Sylvia R. Frey and Marian J. Morton, is a rich and stimulating collection of documents that reveals the texture, complexity, and diversity in the experiences of women in pre-industrial America. This collection goes far beyond sermons by men and diaries of elite women in its presentation of a remarkable range of documents that enable readers to examine experiences of white women of different classes, regions, and religions, and also the experiences of slave and Amerindian women. In addition, Frey and Morton have provided concise and informative discussions of the major historiographical issues in their introductions to the chapters and excellent headnotes for the individual documents.... Although this collection will probably be too difficult for students in introductory courses, it will be invaluable for those in more advanced courses on early America and women's history. The range of documents readers will encounter in this one collection is impressive: the usual diary and journal excerpts, sermons, trial records, newspapers, and advice literature; but other sources encountered less frequently in documentaries: slave petitions, recipes, and account book and mortality records from slave ships, a midwife's list of deliveries, the rules and relugations of a lying-in hospital, marriage contracts, household inventories, divorce petitions, and licenses. This long list is but a sampling of the materials in this rich and rewarding book.?-Teaching History

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