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

By Susan M. Ouellette

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

In 1820, Phebe Orvis all started a magazine that she faithfully saved for a decade. Richly particular, her diary captures not just the typical lifetime of a standard lady in early nineteenth-century Vermont and manhattan, but additionally 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 setting 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 part of the e-book, 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 specialize in Orvis and, extra importantly, the event of standard humans as they navigated the hot kingdom, the hot 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 distinct viewpoint of household existence in northern New England in addition to upstate manhattan within the early 19th century.

Susan M. Ouellette is Professor of heritage and American stories at Saint Michael’s collage and the writer of US fabric construction in ancient viewpoint: A Case research from Massachusetts.

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