Historians Review: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a renowned women’s hsitorian who is often credited with coining one of my favorite sayings: “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” which is the name of one of her books published in 2007. She is currently a professor of history at Harvard University.

Her 1990 book, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard based on her diary, 1785–1812, received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize, and was turned into a documentary on PBS’s American Experience series. Dr. Ulrich served as president of the American Historical Association in 2009, and the DBQ for that year was on the concept of Republican motherhood, which will be mentioned in chapter 9.

Dr. Ulrich’s work is cited on p. 87.

Here is the online companion website to the PBS documentary based on A Midwife’s Tale: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/midwife/

Here is an online article by Dr. Ulrich, How Betsy Ross became famous: http://www.common-place.org/vol-08/no-01/ulrich/

 

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