'A good poor man's wife'': being a chronicle of Harriet by Claudia L. Bushman

By Claudia L. Bushman

A clever observer of 19th-century the United States, Harriet Hanson Robinson's participation in very important occasions and her salty reviews, preserved and recorded within the poetry and books she wrote in the course of her lifetime, provide a dramatic account of ways one strong-minded girl, who first labored as a fabric employee within the business city of Lowell, MA, grew to become to writing and politics to maintain her relations after her husband's early demise. Harriet's own papers make clear such subject matters as hard work historical past, nation politics, and the mechanics of writing and ebook. Her best-known courses, Loom and Spindle, which offers with early manufacturing unit existence, and Massachusetts within the lady Suffrage circulation, are frequently quoted at the present time.

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20 But they finally Page xix come together. They were, in fact, a perfect match, deeply devoted forever after. Twenty years after the courtship, William could still write Nobody loves home better than I do, and I dont believe many men love their wives better than I do mine. Darling, I will try & keep well & out of danger, & so must you. 21 This correspondence exemplifies nineteenth-century courting relationships as couples manipulated the traditional gender roles, redefining and reframing relationships.

We have had no winter yet At work on cotton flannel. Went into Mrs. Dows with it found her in her kitchen as usual. She is one of the kind who never get round. Is good for what she does but in a woman, one needs to be pretty good at everything to accomplish what is expected of a housekeeper and mother of a family. "Jack of all trades" and "middlingly good" at all. 9 A heavy snow storm last eve and I was anxious till Wm got here for when it storms, I want all here safe under the roof-tree. To day Wm and I got up early enough to go to meeting.

17. Harriot F. Curtis, quoted in Smith and Ferguson, "The Letters," WSR to HJH, 30 March 1847, typescript, p. 72. 18. Smith and Ferguson, "The Letters," HJH to WSR, 14 April 1847, typescript, p. 113. 19. Smith and Ferguson, "The Letters," WSR to HJH, 13 April 1847, typescript, pp. 11011. 20. Smith and Ferguson, "The Letters," WSR to HJH, 9 April 1847, typescript, p. 90. 21. Smith and Ferguson, "The Letters," WSR to HHR, 17 September 1867, typescript, p. 655. 22. See Karen Lystra, Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth Century America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).

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