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A Midwife's Tale: The life of Martha Ballard
A Midwife's Tale is the biography of midwife Martha Ballard during the late 1700's. Ballard's journal is a primary source quoted in the text, however the author's own narrative is included throughout. Martha Ballard's diary begins in August 1787. Ballard lived in Hollowell, Maine. Most of her journal entries are fewer than 5 lines, however she was a very consistent writer. She wrote nearly every day until her death in 1812 at age 77. She recorded ...


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