One Colonial Woman’s World with Michelle Coughlin

LIVE: THURSDAY, 7 March 2013 at 1:00pm ESTOne Woman's Colonial World with Michelle Marchetti Coulghlin on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit.

One Colonial Woman’s World reconstructs the life of Mehetabel Chandler Coit (1673–1758), the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman. A native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, who later moved to Connecticut, Mehetabel began her diary at the age of fifteen and kept it intermittently until she was well into her seventies. A previously overlooked resource, the diary contains entries on a broad range of topics as well as poems, recipes, folk and herbal medical remedies, religious meditations, financial accounts, and even some humor. An extensive collection of letters by Mehetabel and her female relatives has also survived, shedding further light on her experiences.

It is clear from the surviving writings that Mehetabel lived a rich and varied life, not only running a household and raising a family, but reading, writing, traveling, transacting business, and maintaining a widespread network of family, social, and commercial connections. While her experiences were circumscribed by gender norms of the day, she took a lively interest in the world around her and played an active role in her community.

Mehetabel’s long life covered an eventful period in American history, and this book explores the numerous—and sometimes surprising—ways in which her personal experiences were linked to broader social and political developments. It also provides One Woman's Colonial World with Michelle Marchetti Coughlin on Fieldstone Commoninsight into the lives of countless other colonial American women whose history remains largely untold.

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and former editor who holds graduate degrees in history and English and American Literature. She lives south of Boston with her husband Mark and is currently working on an article about Mehetabel’s mother’s poem.

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Show Notes – Down East Schooners & Shipmaster with Ingrid Grenon

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Following are some items that were mentioned during the 28 February 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Ingrid Grenon, author of Down East Schooners and Shipmasters.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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Down East Schooners and Shipmasters covers the early history of Down East Maine from 400 years ago starting with Native Americans and exploration by the French. The book continues on with stories of the “Rusticators” who settled Maine and the ship builders, sailors and shipmasters that heavily populated the area.  Three generations of the Foss family figures prominently in the book.

The History Press, the publisher of Down East Schooners & Shipmasters, donated two copies of the book that were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in New Jersey and Massachusetts.  A big thank you to The History Press for  their generosity!

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Down East Schooners and Shipmasters now a Podcast

Podcast icon by DerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Ingrid Grenon, author of the book Down East Schooners and Shipmasters is now available as a podcast.

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