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Diary of Anna Green Winslow

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The diary of a Boston schoolgirl of 1771, edited by Alice Morse Earle
Paperback, 84 pages
Published by Echo Library (first published 1771)
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Sarah Crawford
This is partly a diary of a girl of ten who was sent to school in Boston, and partly footnotes, which take up about 39% of the book.

The girl only lived to be nineteen, dying in 1779. She was extremely religious, a dutiful daughter, and undertook the normal activities of a girl of her times. She did a lot of sewing, cooking, and visiting her relatives. She also spent a lot of time at church, and much of her diary consists of quotes from sermons or from the Bible.

She also writes about the weather
Linda C
Anna Green Winslow wrote this journal when she was 12. She had been sent from Nova Scotia where her father was stationed in the British military to Boston when she was 10 to stay with her aunt Sarah Deming to attend school. She went to a writing school and a sewing school to 'finish' and expand her education. The diary is typical of a 12 year old in its portrayal of fashion and gossip, but is also very serious in its reporting of births and deaths, the amount of work she performed daily, the obl ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick read and very interesting. At times it was a bit stale, Anna's diary which meant everything to her is a bit lacking at times for the reader probably because the people who were important for her mean nothing to us. A great inside look to what was important to this 11 year old New England girl. The Religion, politics and socializing that went on for the times. I did also very much enjoy the old English wording and writing although sometimes I did have up fall back on context clues. A ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Eleven-year-old Anna Green Winslow, from the prominent Winslow family of Massachusetts, was dispatched from Nova Scotia to Boston to be "finished" in 1771. Soon after her arrival and through the spring of 1773, Anna kept a diary of her daily life, advances in sewing and writing and dancing, and social engagements. It's not scintillating, but it is a nice look at the everyday life of a young girl at the birth of the American Revolution. You will learn a lot about the lives of the 18th century wel ...more
Brenda Pike
This is almost as interesting for the editor's comments, written in 1895, as for Anna's letters, written in 1771.
Leslie Pauley
Jan 22, 2016 Leslie Pauley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
I would suggest reading this after visiting the Freedom Trail in Boston so you get a sense of the places and events Anna talks about. It really enriched her diary for me. I can see how coming into reading this without actually being there and being too interested in daily life at the time would make her diary seem trivial and boring.

Also you'll be helping keep the exhibits open if you buy it from the gift shop. ;)
Jul 11, 2016 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1771, first published in 1894 and reprinted in 1974, this book is understandable to the modern reader, but certainly not easy to read. It does give us a glimpse of what life was like for this young girl, just before the American Revolution. Unfortunately, the diary just ends on May 31.
Oct 12, 2010 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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it is a young girl's diary of her life. So it is about this person did that and that person was here. Yet the life of the times is better learned.
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Anna Green Winslow (29 November 1759 – 19 July 1780), a member of the prominent Winslow family of Boston, Massachusetts, United States, was a girl who wrote a series of letters to her mother between 1771 and 1773 that portray the daily life of the gentry in Boston at the first stirrings of the American Revolution.

She made copies of the letters into an eight-by-six-and-a-half-inch book in order to
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