A new home, who'll follow? or, Glimpses of Western life

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A new home, who'll follow? or, Glimpses of Western life

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Caroline Matilda (Stansbury) Kirkland (1801-1864) was a middle-class white woman with a literary bent who moved with her husband and children to the woods of Michigan in the mid-1830s to settle a newly-planned village. In this book, first published in 1839, she offers what she claims to be "an honest portraiture of rural life in a new country" (p. 5). Through a series of vignettes and anecdotes strung loosely into a narrative, Kirkland brings to life the social and material culture of a community on what was perceived as the frontier, presenting her experiences with a sense of ironic amusement. She reveals much about social life, social roles and behavior, especially among women. She describes the business of settlement, including how land was purchased and towns planned, and the haste, confusion, speculation and fraud attendant on such transactions. She comments on the social shifts pioneer life made possible, especially the egalitarianism which poorer migrants claimed as their right in new settlements, and the tensions that resulted as migrants from wealthier classes struggled to maintain and adapt the ways of status and culture they had formerly known. Her narrative also dwells on the details of domestic life, showing how houses were constructed and furnished, depicting the difficulties of housekeeping in crudely-built settlements, and the physical challenges of disease, accidents, bad roads, and the exhausting labor of deforestation and new farming. For all its light-hearted tone, Kirkland's book suggests much about how human communities bound together by neighborhood and necessity began to coalesce in a challenging and drastically changing land.

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218

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Cover of: A New Home Who'll Follow Or Glimpses Of Western Life
A New Home Who'll Follow Or Glimpses Of Western Life
June 30, 2004, Kessinger Publishing
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Cover of: A new home, who'll follow? or, Glimpses of Western life
A new home, who'll follow? or, Glimpses of Western life
1990, Rutgers University Press
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A new home, who'll follow? or, Glimpses of Western life
1990, Rutgers University Press
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New Brunswick

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Series
American women writers series
Other Titles
Glimpses of Western life.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.3
Library of Congress
PS2191 .N4 1990, PS2191.N4 1990

The Physical Object

Pagination
li, 218 p. ;
Number of pages
218

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2225267M
Internet Archive
newhomewhollfoll0000kirk
ISBN 10
0813515416, 0813515424
LCCN
89070088
Library Thing
420204
Goodreads
2875274
1823430

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