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[Diary of a Female Teacher]
Manuscript diary documenting a young woman's love of literature and learning, and her experience teaching
Orange, New Jersey: 1856. Bound in half read morocco over marbled boards, filled with lined blue paper; a bit scuffed but binding tight. Comprised of 89 manuscript pages in a single hand, beginning January 1, 1856 and ending April 14, 1856 (with a gap of entries in February). Though no ownership inscription identifies the diarist by name, her detailed and research rich entries reveal that she is a young woman, living on her own away from family, and working as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey. The diarist begins her writing on New Year's Day, feeling the isolation many single, independent women likely did. "How much this morning I wish I could have been at home...but after reviewing the occurrences of the past year, of the many evils I had escaped, the many choice blessings and privileges I had enjoyed as well as the many opportunities of 'doing good' I had allowed to pass by improved, my heart sent forth a prayer of gratitude." By the second day of the year, she begins work anew: "Went down to the school house but found it very cold from there not having been any fire there during the week...Had it not been for the happy smiles & cheeful exclamations of the greater number of pupils, should have almost been homesick." This kind of pull and push defines much of her experience throughout the year -- on the one hand longing for the stability of her family, on the other taking control of her destiny and working to expand beyond the limitations surrounding her. Discussing daily tasks in the school and classroom, readers can learn a fair amount about 19th century pedago … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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