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By Tina Stewart Brakebill

Celestia Rice Colby, born in Ohio in 1827, had way of life suggestions that have been fairly easy for the common white female offspring born within the first half the 19th century: she married in 1848, had 5 childrens, spent a lot of her lifestyles operating as a dairy farmer and housewife, and died in 1900. Her wealthy legacy, even though, prolonged past her young children and grandchildren and survived within the type of specific and reflective diaries and writings. Her inner most and released writings exhibit that regardless of the appearances of the integral general existence, Colby struggled to reconcile her own hopes and goals with the expectancies and duties put on her by means of society. writer Tina Stewart Brakebill has woven unique learn with secondary fabric to shape the material of Colby's lifestyles - from her days because the daughter of an Ohio dairy farmer to her courting along with her daughter, a pioneering college professor. What emerges is a multifaceted photograph of 1 woman's lifelong fight to set up her personal identification in the confines of society's proscriptions. Colby's existence tale deals worthwhile insights that circulation past traditional generalizations relating to girls of the previous and that proceed to impact the learn of ladies this day.

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32 Colby’s life to this point dovetails neatly with what has been characterized as the “domestic life cycle” of a proper, northeastern, native-born, white woman. This domestic life cycle had its beginnings in childhood, where games, toys, children’s literature, and education were gender speci-c and designed to instill proper norms and cultural beliefs. After the completion of a girl’s available educational opportunities, which at mid-century terminated at no higher than the secondary level, a proper young woman’s next steps were quite limited.

She frequently stayed home and apprenticed at her mother’s side until her early twenties or in some cases, particularly in the New England area, she taught school for a short period of time. The ultimate goal for a true woman, however, was to marry and move to the next stage of the cycle. This phase of a woman’s life—marriage with the roles of wife, mother, and household manager—was even more directly set by law and societal norms than was childhood. Married women’s legal rights were strictly limited.

This domestic life cycle had its beginnings in childhood, where games, toys, children’s literature, and education were gender speci-c and designed to instill proper norms and cultural beliefs. After the completion of a girl’s available educational opportunities, which at mid-century terminated at no higher than the secondary level, a proper young woman’s next steps were quite limited. She frequently stayed home and apprenticed at her mother’s side until her early twenties or in some cases, particularly in the New England area, she taught school for a short period of time.

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