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

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Ephraim went to Fort Halifax before settling in Hallowell. What occurred that required him to move to Hallowell and how is this significant?

Ulrich uses the blue checkered cloth to explain Martha Ballard's the community. Explain how you think the community worked and if everyone accepted this type of community.

Do you think the division of religion had any influence in the outcome of Colonel North's trial for sexual assault against Rebecca Foster? Why do you think he was found innocent?

How were the weddings in Martha's time different from the weddings of today? Do you think they were better or just different?

Why do you think so many women ended up giving birth either as unwed mothers or less than nine months from their wedding day?

Why was it important to Martha to keep records of her midwife practice, other than to account for fees?

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