An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, by Susan M. Ouellette

By Susan M. Ouellette

A infrequent nineteenth-century magazine of a regular girl richly infused with the trivialities of antebellum lifestyle and work.

In 1820, Phebe Orvis started a magazine that she faithfully stored for a decade. Richly distinct, her diary captures not just the standard lifetime of a regular lady in early nineteenth-century Vermont and big apple, but in addition the bizarre happenings of her family members, local, and past. The magazine entries hint Orvis’s transition from unmarried lifestyles to marriage and motherhood, together with her time on the Middlebury girl Seminary and her observations concerning the altering social and financial 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 prompted inside her personal family.

In the 1st component to the ebook, Susan M. Ouellette contains a sequence of essays that remove darkness from Orvis’s diary entries and develop the social panorama she inhabited. those essays specialise in 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 standpoint of family lifestyles in northern New England in addition to upstate ny within the early 19th century.

Susan M. Ouellette is Professor of historical past and American stories at Saint Michael’s collage and the writer of US fabric construction in old point of view: A Case examine from Massachusetts.

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