A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Themes

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Life in the late 18th Century was structured between men and women. The lines were drawn and each gender stayed within their appointed roles.

Men were the face of the public. They ran the community, the State, and the federal government. They held titles such as Judge, Justice of the Peace, tax collector, selectman, and were the only citizens allowed to sit on a jury. Women had their roles, but they were in the home and the female community only. Their titles were given by the services they performed for the community such as midwife, dressmaker, baker, after nurse, and others. These were unofficial titles and were not acknowledged, for the most part, by the men of the community.

In Hallowell, and most of the United States at the time, only men were members of the Church, could hold office, or own a home. Women could...

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