“A Good Poor Man’s Wife”: Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth-Century New England
Claudia L. BushmanPaper: $24.95
One forsees A Good Poor Man’s Wife being recommended for reading in college courses in American social history and women’s studies . . . Only when this sensitively and, in portions, very beautiful book is finished and put aside does the reader realize that what sustained interest in it was not the great events at all, but the everyday ordinariness of family life recorded in Harriet’s diary. One still cares about the Robinson’s as individuals and as a family.
A Good Poor Man's Wife shows the power of biography to convey large historical themes. From early life in the Lowell Mills to political activism in the antebellum era, Harriet Hanson Robinson's life is a microcosm of urban life in 19th-century New England.
—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard 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.