Mandana White Goodenough’s diary tells a compelling story about a woman who gets married, has four children, and then becomes a widow. It is well written, funny, and full of personality. It is also very revealing in the details it provides about life for women in the middle of the nineteenth century in rural Vermont.


Originally published in Vermont History, Winter/Spring 2009, available online at: http://vermonthistory.org/journal/77/VHS770105_37-56.pdf.

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Winter 2009