FC 83 – Rebecca Dickinson with Marla R. Miller

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Marla R. Miller, author of the book Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman.

Bio – Marla R. Miller

Marla R. Miller, a historian of early American women and work, has made a career uncovering the lives of women who left little in the way of documentary record. She is a professor of Marla Miller on Fieldstone Commonhistory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and directs the Public History program there. She has won the Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation on women’s history and the 1997 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Colonial History.

This is Marla’s second visit to Fieldstone Common. She appeared on the July 4th, 2013 episode to talk about her other book, Betsy Ross and the Making of America.

Book Summary

Rebecca Dickinson’s powerful voice, captured through excerpts from the pages of her journal, allows colonial and revolutionary-era New England to come alive. Dickinson’s life illustrates the dilemmas faced by many Americans in the decades before, during, and after the American Revolution, as well as the paradoxes presented by an unmarried woman who earned her own living and made her own way in the small town where she was born. Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman, uses Dickinson’s world as a lens to introduce readers to the everyday experience of living in the colonial era and the social, cultural, and economic challenges faced in the transformative decades surrounding the American Revolution.

Publication InfoRebecca Dickinson with Marla Miller on Fieldstone Common

Title: Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman

Publisher: Westview Press (2014)

Trade Paperback; 194 pages with a list or primary sources, end notes, bibliographic essay and an index.

Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

Marla and I talk about the diary that acted as the background for Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman. Rebecca lived through American Revolution to see the birth of the United States. She remained unmarried and supported herself independently as a gown maker. Though she had several proposals of marriage she rejected them. Her life was a careful balance of conscious independence and loneliness.

Links mentioned during the interview:

Prize Winner

One copy of Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Womanwas given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of Westview Press.

The winner is:

  • Debra Cravens of Wisconsin

Congratulations to our winner and thanks to Westview Press for their generosity in donating the book!

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Show Notes – Betsy Ross with Marla Miller

Here are some items that were mentioned during the 4 July 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Marla Miller about her book Betsy Ross and the Making of America.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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Betsy Ross and the Making of America, published by St. Martin’s Press, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Miller on Fieldstone CommonYou can learn more about Marla Miller at her website.

Marla Miller’s first book was The Needle’s Eye: Women And Work in the Age of Revolution (UMass Press, 2006). Her next book, to be published August 2013, is Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman.

Betsy Ross and the Making of America takes a look beyond the myth of Betsy Ross to discover the real woman behind the legend. Betsy Ross was a Quaker from Philadelphia. She was born Elizabeth Griscom, daughter of Samuel Griscom and Rebecca James. Her immigrant ancestor Andrew Griscom arrive in the colonies in 1680.

Betsy was married first to John Ross with whom she had no children. She then married Joseph Ashburn. They had two daughters but one of which died as an infant. Her third marriage to John Claypoole was the longest lasting until his death in 1817. They had many daughters together. Betsy died January 30, 1836.

Betsy Ross with Marla Miller of Fieldstone CommonThere are few extant records specifically about Betsy Ross, though her account books should exist.  Perhaps they exist today in some attic in the midwest? If you’re a descendant of Betsy Ross or you have materials with the name Elizabeth Claypoole or Betsy Claypoole written on them please contact me or contact Marla Miller directly. Marla would be very interested in seeing those items!

St. Martin’s Press, the publisher of Betsy Ross and the Making of America, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Kentucky and Massachusetts. A big thank you to the St. Martin’s Press for their generosity!

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Betsy Ross with Marla Miller now available as a Podcast

PodcasticonbeDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Marla Miller discussing her book Betsy Ross and the Making of America is now available as a podcast.

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Betsy Ross and the Making of America with Marla Miller

Betsy Ross with Marla Miller of Fieldstone CommonBROADCAST: THURSDAY, 4 July 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Marla Miller, author of Betsy Ross and the Making of America.

Beyond the legend of the creation of the American flag, we know very little about the facts of Betsy Ross’ life. Perhaps with one snip of her scissors she convinced the nation’s future first president that five-pointed stars suited better than six. Perhaps not. Miller recovers for the first time the full story of Betsy Ross, sharing the woman as she truly was. Miller pieces together the fascinating life of this little-known and much beloved figure, showing that she is important to our history not just because she made a flag, but because she embraced the resistance movement with vigor, reveled in its triumphs, and suffered its consequences.

Marla Miller, a historian of early American women and work, has made a career Betsy Ross with Marla Miller of Fieldstone Commonuncovering the lives of women who left little in the way of documentary record. She is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and directs the Public History program there. She has won the Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation on women’s history and the 1997 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Colonial History.

 

 

Upcoming in July on Fieldstone Common

Be sure to mark your calendar. We’ll be giving away some great books during the live broadcasts of Fieldstone Common.

4 July 2013 at 1pm EDT 2013-07-1 Betsy Ross and the Making of America with Marla Miller. Beyond the legend of the creation of the American flag, we know very little about the facts of Betsy Ross’ life. Miller pieces together the fascinating life of this little-known and much beloved figure, showing that she is important to our history not just because she made a flag, but because she embraced the resistance movement with vigor.
11 July 2013 at 1pm EDT Here is Where with Andrew Carroll on Fieldstone Common Here is Where with Andrew Carroll. New York Times best selling author Andrew Carroll takes us on a fun and eye opening journey through the United States to discover America’s forgotten history.
18 July 2013 at 1pm EDT Margaret Fuller with Megan Marshall on Fieldstone Common Margaret Fuller: A New American Life with Megan Marshall. From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England’s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women’s sense of how they could think and live. Marshall’s inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life.
25 July 2013 at 1pm EDT The Old State House with Nathaniel Sheidley on Fieldstone Common The Old State House with Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley. In 2013 Boston’s Old State celebrates its 300 Anniversary. Dr. Sheidley takes us on a tour of the Old State House to help us put the significance of its history in perspective.