The first book to investigate the rich and complex lives of rural women during the late colonial and early national periods. Jensen focuses on women in the Philadelphia hinterland and shows how they became an essential part of that area’s rise to agricultural prominence. Examining not only the Quakers, who formed the dominant group in the region, but also black and other ethnic groups, Jensen offers fascinating details on the ways farm women functioned in the varied spheres of their lives. Her book makes a major contribution to women’s history.
- Winner of the 1986 E. Harold Hugo Memorial Book Prize given annually by the Old Sturbridge Village Research Library Society to the book that makes the most significant contribution to the understanding of the history and material culture of rural New Engl