Ballard, Martha - Research Article from Shaping of America, 1783-1815 Reference Library

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Things to Remember While Reading Excerpts from a Midwife's Tale: the Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785–1812:

  • Almost no diaries of pioneer women between 1780 and 1815 exist today. The diaries and other written records that men kept rarely mentioned women. Without Martha Ballard's diary, the role of pioneer women would largely be a mystery.
  • Ballard's diary illustrates how men and women had to work together to ensure the survival of a pioneer community.
  • Diary entries confirm that midwives and their female helpers provided the nation's first frontline health care.
  • The diary allows historians to reconstruct an accurate picture of the pioneer woman's role in her community.

Excerpt from a Midwife's Tale: the Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785–1812

August 1787. ...

3 6 Clear & very hot. I have been pulling flax. Mr Ballard Been to Savages about some hay.

4 7 Clear morn. I pulld flax till noon...

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