By Susan M. Ouellette
In 1820, Phebe Orvis started a magazine that she faithfully saved for a decade. Richly targeted, her diary captures not just the standard lifetime of a regular lady in early nineteenth-century Vermont and long island, but additionally the bizarre happenings of her family members, local, and past. The magazine entries hint Orvis’s transition from unmarried existence to marriage and motherhood, together with her time on the Middlebury woman Seminary and her observations in regards to the altering social and monetary surroundings of the interval. A Quaker, Orvis additionally recorded the main points of the waxing ardour of the second one nice Awakening within the humans round her, in addition to the clash the fervor triggered inside of her personal family.
In the 1st part of the ebook, Susan M. Ouellette contains a sequence of essays that light up Orvis’s diary entries and increase the social panorama she inhabited. those essays concentrate on Orvis and, extra importantly, the adventure of standard humans as they navigated the recent state, the recent century, and the rising American society and tradition. the second one part is a transcript of the unique magazine. this mixture of analytical essays and first resource fabric deals readers a different point of view of household existence in northern New England in addition to upstate long island within the early 19th century.
Susan M. Ouellette is Professor of heritage and American reviews at Saint Michael’s university and the writer of US fabric construction in ancient viewpoint: A Case examine from Massachusetts.
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An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820-1830 (Excelsior Editions) by Susan M. Ouellette