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The journal of Philadelphia Quaker Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker (1735-1807) is perhaps the single most significant personal record of eighteenth-century life in America from a woman's perspective. Drinker wrote in her diary nearly continuously between 1758 and 1807, from two years before her marriage to the night before her last illness. The extraordinary span and sustained quality of the journal make it a rewarding document for a multitude of historical purposes. One of the most prolific early American diarists—her journal runs to thirty-six manuscript volumes—Elizabeth Drinker saw English colonies evolve into the American nation while Drinker herself changed from a young unmarried woman into a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her journal entries touch on every contemporary subject political, personal, and familial.

Focusing on different stages of Drinker's personal development within the domestic context, this abridged edition highlights four critical phases of her life cycle: youth and courtship, wife and mother, middle age in years of crisis, and grandmother and family elder. There is little that escaped Elizabeth Drinker's quill, and her diary is a delight not only for the information it contains but also for the way in which she conveys her world across the centuries.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface: A Woman for All Seasons
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xxvi
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  1. Editorial Note
  2. pp. xxvii-xxix
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  1. List of Abbreviations and Short Titles
  2. pp. xxxi-xxxix
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  1. Family Tree
  2. p. xl
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  1. 1. Youth and Courtship, 1758-1761
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2. Wife and Mother, 1762-1775
  2. pp. 23-54
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  1. 3. Middle Age in Years of Crisis, 1776-1793
  2. pp. 55-121
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  1. 4. Grandmother and Grand Mother, 1794-1807
  2. pp. 123-304
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  1. Biographical Directory
  2. pp. 305-342
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 343-356
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 357-366
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812206821
Related ISBN
9780812220773
MARC Record
OCLC
794700724
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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