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The Slender Thread: Irish Women on the Southern Avalon, 1750-1860
Through Meticulous research, a skillful layering of evidence, and the interweaving of traditional and nontraditional sources, Willeen Keough moves women to the center of North American migration and early settlement narratives. She explores the lives of Irish Newfoundland women who cofounded fishing communities along the southern Avalon Peninsula in the eighteenth and ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Columbia University Press
(first published September 5th 2000)
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This was a great book, though admittedly it's a pretty narrow focus. It is a women's history of Irish (by immigration or descent) fishing communities on the southern coast of Newfoundland in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The basic argument is that women in this region had more freedom and authority than their counterparts elsewhere because of 1) some continuance of less patriarchal, pre-Famine Irish cultural traditions in which women had more independence and because 2) the ...more