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A Midwife's Tale

A Midwife's Tale [electronic resource (video)] / Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.).
New York, N.Y. : Infobase, [2011], c1997.
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1 streaming video file (90 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
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Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on August 21, 2011.
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Martha Ballard was a midwife and mother living in the wilds of Maine during the chaotic decades following the American Revolution. Her diary is an up-close view of the poverty, disease, and day-to-day hardships of a struggling young nation. Some two hundred years later, in a quest to understand 18th-century America through a woman's eyes, historian and author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich spent eight years working through Martha's massive, but cryptic, diary. A Midwife's Tale, from the PBS American Experience collection chronicles their interwoven stories: an 18th-century midwife and the 20th-century historian who brought her words to light. This film pieces together a picture of Ballard's life in Hallowell, Maine, the characters inhabiting her daily routine, and the role of women in the post-revolutionary world.
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Originally produced: Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), 1997.
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November 20, 2020
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9 & up.
American Experience Sponsors: A Midwife's Tale (1:51)
Credits and Opening: A Midwife's Tale. (2:18)
Documents, Sources & Clues (2:21)
Martha Ballard's Diary in Context (2:09)
People in Martha Ballard's World (1:39)
Creating Stories from Martha Ballard's Diary (2:16)
Following an Epidemic (2:54)
Martha Ballard Relives Her Own Losses (5:36)
Descriptions of Daily Life in Martha Ballard's Diary (4:21)
The Ballards Establish a Home in Maine (3:28)
Martha Ballard's Career (3:03)
Hidden Stories in the Diary (4:22)
Courtship in Post Revolutionary America (6:33)
"Housekeeping" (1:54)
Sadness and Joy in Midwifery (5:40)
Autopsy & Funeral (1:34)
Changing America (2:31)
Martha's 600th Birth (4:08)
Turn of the Century (3:24)
Family Authority Shifts (1:57)
Ephraim Ballard Jailed (2:36)
Threatened With the Loss of HOme (4:18)
Daughter-In-Law Takes Over (5:05)
Ballards Reclaim Their Home (2:34)
"What Else I have Endured, I Wish Not to Write" (3:53)
Questions for Martha Ballard (2:34)
Credits: A Midwife's Tale (4:40)
Videorecording number
44085 Infobase
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Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

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