Going to Boston: Harriet Robinson's Journey to New Womanhood
Claudia L. BushmanPaper: $35.00
With observations as astute and as lively as those of her subject, Claudia Bushman shows us how Harriet Robinson, former mill-girl and aspiring middle-class housewife, became an activist for women’s rights. Interspersing her own interpretations with vibrant selections from Robinson’s diary, Bushman demonstrates that engagement in the cause was transformative even though the ultimate goal-votes for women-remained elusive.
—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University
A sharp-eyed woman steps out of this book, a woman who filled her journal with vignettes of everyone from Emerson and aging abolitionists to up-and-coming reformers agitating for women’s rights. A writer and reformer herself, Harriet Robinson becomes an insightful guide to Boston in 1870. . . . A gem of a book.
—David D. Hall, Harvard University
A richly rewarding encounter with a conventional middle-class wife and mother in the postbellum period as she gains a growing devotion to the cause of women’s suffrage. You’ll feel almost as though she were a personal friend.
—Armand L. Mauss, Washington State University
CLAUDIA L. BUSHMAN taught American studies at Columbia University. She has written numerous books and articles, including Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-Day Saints in Modern America.