Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman by Marla MillerRebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman by Marla Miller

Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman

byMarla Miller

Paperback | August 6, 2013

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Rebecca Dickinson's powerful voice, captured through excerpts from the pages of her journal, allows colonial and revolutionary-era New England to come alive. Dickinson's life illustrates the dilemmas faced by many Americans in the decades before, during, and after the American Revolution, as well as the paradoxes presented by an unmarried woman who earned her own living and made her own way in the small town where she was born. Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman, uses Dickinson's world as a lens to introduce readers to the everyday experience of living in the colonial era and the social, cultural, and economic challenges faced in the transformative decades surrounding the American Revolution.

About the Lives of American Women series: selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a women's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a 'good read', featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Marla Milleris a professor of history and director of the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. An award-winning author, Miller is best known for her essay on Rebecca Dickinson, "My Part Alone,” as well as the booksThe Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution, andBetsy Ross and the Making of Am...
Title:Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England WomanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813347653

ISBN - 13:9780813347653


Table of Contents


Introduction: The Independence of Rebecca Dickinson

1 Origins and Awakenings

2 Entering the Female Economy

3 A World at War, a Soul at Peace

4 The Unraveling

5 Revolutionary Hatfield

6 Rebellion, Redux

7 Reproducing the Nation

8 Singlehood and the “Bar in the Way”

9 The “Most Dark and Puzzling Affair”

10 Twilight

Conclusion: Remembering Independence

Primary Sources


Editorial Reviews

"Miller makes good use of the documents Dickinson left behind, portraying her as an intelligent woman who knew what was at stake in the Revolution, who was drawn in to the cause, and who remained thoroughly independent till the end."—Publishers Weekly“Miller's weaving of the narrative of the American Revolution and its aftermath with the story of Dickinson's life is commendable . . . It [is] well suited for use in general surveys of US history, women's history, or the era of the American Revolution. Readers with more general interests will simply enjoy the story of a women's interesting life in interesting times.” —The HistorianPraise for the Lives of American Women series"Finally! The majority of students—by which I mean women—will have the opportunity to read biographies of women from our nation's past. (Men can read them too, of course!) The ‘Lives of American Women' series features an eclectic collection of books, readily accessible to students who will be able to see the contributions of women in many fields over the course of our history. Long overdue, these books will be a valuable resource for teachers, students, and the public at large."—Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty