Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Book: A Midwife's Tale
Known for her books on early New England, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. She grew up in Idaho and came to New England in 1960 with her husband who completed his graduate work at MIT. She completed her own graduate work at the University of New Hampshire while raising her five children and came to Harvard in 1995.
Ulrich is the author of Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750 and numerous articles and essays on early American history. She won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 for A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary and assisted in the production of a PBS documentary based on A Midwife’s Tale.
In a 1976 scholarly article about Puritan funeral services, Ulrich included the phrase “well-behaved women seldom make history.” The phrase was picked up and quoted and printed across the country. It continues to appear on greeting cards, T-shirts, mugs, and bumper stickers. In 2007, she published a book titled Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History that examines the ways in which women shaped history, citing examples from the lives of Rosa Parks, Christine de Pizan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Virginia Woolf.