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Rebecca Dickinson

Rebecca Dickinson

Independence for a New England Woman
August 2013
Trade Paperback · 216 Pages
$20.00 U.S. · $23.00 CAN · £13.99 U.K. · €14.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813347653
Westview Press
Lives of American Women

 

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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.

About the Author

Marla Miller is a professor of history and director of the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. An award winning essayist and author, Miller is best known for her essay on Rebecca Dickinson, “My Part Alone,” The Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution, and Betsy Ross and the Making of America. Series editor Carol Berkin is a well-known women’s historian and the author of many popular and scholarly books, including Civil War Wives. She is Professor of History Emerita at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and she is a member of the Society of American Historians.