Learning Exercise

The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale

The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale is a case study in how tragic character assassination can be in an 18th century New England town. This interactive site seeks to teach students how to piece fragmentary evidence together to reconstruct past events. Site users use primary sources including diaries, newspapers, and town records to decide for themselves what happened and why.
Course: United States History survey
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Exercise

Using The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale, write a 5-7 page paper describing the state of medicine with emphasis on midwifery in Colonial New England. Use either MLA, APA, or Turabian footnoting styles.
Additional Information: None.

Topics

Colonial New England
Women in Colonial America
Medicine in Colonial America

Learning Objectives

The use of primary sources to recreate the past.
To improve writing skills via history.