Good Wives

Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750

296 pages

English language

Published Dec. 1, 1991 by Vintage Books.


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This enthralling work of scholarship strips away abstractions to reveal the hidden--and not always stoic--face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens--and the considerable power--of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. We see her borrowing from her neighbors, loving her husband, raising--and, all too often, mourning--her children, and even attaining fame as a heroine of frontier conflicts or notoriety as a murderess. Painstakingly researched, lively with scandal and homely detail, Good Wives is history at its best.

3 editions


  • Women -- New England -- History
  • Women -- New England -- Social conditions