HIST Captn Ahab Had a Wife book review

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Jessie Durham 18 April, 2008 Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870 Women, Their Wonders, and the Whales that Get in the Way Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720- 1870 by Lisa Norling provides a lively description of the everyday lives of families living in the whaling communities in Southeastern New England during the 18th and 19th centuries. It explores the relations between women ashore in Nantucket and New Bedford and men at sea. Norling draws from a variety of sources—including women's and men's letters and diaries, shipowners' records, church records, newspapers and magazines, censuses, and city directories to uncover the women's often emotional, distressing and painful stories. Norling’s book was thoroughly easy to read and comprehend. The details of whaling and women's crucial role in this industry are well worth the read for anyone who is appreciative of well-written history. Norling admits in her introduction that the book began as an attempt to disprove the ideological power of the religious group of "true womanhood." As an undergraduate, she wondered "how could anyone have taken seriously the saccharine, sanctimonious pap pervading the period's popular literature" and decided to "look in New England maritime
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