By Claudia L. Bushman
A wise observer of 19th-century the USA, Harriet Hanson Robinson's participation in vital occasions and her salty reviews, preserved and recorded within the poetry and books she wrote in the course of her lifetime, provide a dramatic account of ways one strong-minded lady, who first labored as a cloth employee within the business city of Lowell, MA, became to writing and politics to maintain her relatives after her husband's early demise. Harriet's own papers make clear such issues as exertions heritage, kingdom politics, and the mechanics of writing and ebook. Her best-known courses, Loom and Spindle, which offers with early manufacturing unit lifestyles, and Massachusetts within the girl Suffrage stream, are frequently quoted at the present time.
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My students are drawn to autobiographies, journals, letters, and primary documents of all sorts. They are delighted to discover human drama and personality in old records. This movement reflects our effort to get close to the bone of human reality. And, self-absorbed as we all are, we live vicariously through their accounts, defining ourselves against the patterns and relationships of other people. We want to see how diarists framed their problems and how they solved them, always aware that they present themselves as they choose to be seen, that they reveal and conceal selected things about their lives.
William Hanson had to leave home to find work. And always death hung over these fragile family groups. Workers might suffer violent death on the job, as the senior William Hanson had done. Poorly treated ailments or incurable diseases, such as Seth's consumption, incapacitated and carried away breadwinners. Often women died of the complications of childbirth, leaving vulnerable young families. Page 10 Women were unprepared by skill or tradition to support their families once their husbands were gone.
Hanson had been. Widows and children thus lost the protection of the nuclear household's operation as an economic unit. Second marriages could reunite scattered members, but the emotional bonds that tied the blood group would be difficult to forge again with a new partner. Mary Bailey Browne, William's second wife, showed no interest in the first wife's children; although perhaps an extreme case, in that she showed little interest in her own children, she sailed away from them all, never to see them again.
'A good poor man's wife'': being a chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and her family in nineteenth-century New England by Claudia L. Bushman