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Diary of Anna Green Winslow A Boston School Girl of 1771   By: (1759-1779)

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Diary of Anna Green Winslow presents a captivating narrative that immerses readers in the world of a young Boston schoolgirl in 1771. Written by Anna Green Winslow herself, this personal account offers a unique glimpse into the daily life, thoughts, and experiences of a young woman during a crucial time in American history.

Through the diary format, the author provides an intimate perspective on her life as a member of a prosperous Boston family. Winslow masterfully captures the details of her daily routine, inner musings, and interactions with her family and peers. Her writing style is elegant and eloquent, drawing readers into her world effortlessly.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is Winslow's ability to convey the spirit and atmosphere of the times. As readers follow her daily activities, they gain insights into the societal norms, customs, and expectations of the era. From discussions about current events and political tension preceding the American Revolution to her observations on fashion and cultural practices, Winslow delivers a thorough portrayal of 18th-century Bostonian life.

Furthermore, Winslow's diary sheds light on the status and role of women during this historical period. Her struggles with education and the constraints imposed on women of her social rank provide valuable insights into the challenges faced by girls of that era. Through Winslow's reflections, readers witness her determination to push societal boundaries, seeking knowledge and intellectual stimulation beyond what was expected of her.

Beyond its historical significance, Diary of Anna Green Winslow captivates with its universal themes of self-discovery, personal growth, and navigating the boundaries of conventionality. This young protagonist's journey mirrors the larger transformation of a nation on the brink of revolution, adding depth and resonance to her experiences.

While the book is primarily a diary, Anna Green Winslow's introspective and sophisticated writing elevates it far beyond a mere collection of personal reflections. It offers readers an immersive and enlightening reading experience, fostering a deeper understanding of American colonial life and the struggles faced by women during this transformative period in history.

Overall, Diary of Anna Green Winslow is a captivating and insightful read that offers a unique perspective on the life of a young Boston girl in the tumultuous times leading up to the American Revolution. Anna Green Winslow's eloquent writing and her ability to bring the past to life make this book a valuable addition to any historical enthusiast's library.

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A Boston School Girl of 1771

Edited by


[Illustration: ANNA GREEN WINSLOW]

[Publisher's Device: Tout bien ou rien]

Boston and New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1895

Copyright, 1894, By Alice Morse Earle. All rights reserved.

Third Edition.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Co.

This Book

Is Dedicated To The Kinsfolk Of



In the year 1770, a bright little girl ten years of age, Anna Green Winslow, was sent from her far away home in Nova Scotia to Boston, the birthplace of her parents, to be "finished" at Boston schools by Boston teachers. She wrote, with evident eagerness and loving care, for the edification of her parents and her own practice in penmanship, this interesting and quaint diary, which forms a most sprightly record, not only of the life of a young girl at that time, but of the prim and narrow round of daily occurrences in provincial Boston. It thus assumes a positive value as an historical picture of the domestic life of that day; a value of which the little girl who wrote it, or her kinsfolk who affectionately preserved it to our own day, never could have dreamed... Continue reading book >>

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