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“A Good Poor Man’s Wife”

Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth-Century New England

Distributed for University Press of New England

“A Good Poor Man’s Wife”

Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth-Century New England

A shrewd observer of 19th-century America, Harriet Hanson Robinson’s participation in important events and her salty comments, preserved and recorded in the poetry and books she wrote during her lifetime, offer a dramatic account of how one strong-minded woman, who first worked as a textile worker in the industrial town of Lowell, MA, turned to writing and politics to sustain her family after her husband’s early death. Harriet’s personal papers shed light on such topics as labor history, state politics, and the mechanics of writing and publication. Her best-known publications, Loom and Spindle, which deals with early factory life, and Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement, are often quoted today.

304 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Biography and Letters


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