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A midwife's tale

Author: Richard P RogersLaurie Kahn-LeavittLaurel Thatcher UlrichTodd BoekelheideKaiulani LeeAll authors
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, [2005]
Series: American experience.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An innovative dramatic film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother living in the wilds of Maine during the chaotic decades following the American Revolution. In a sparsely written diary, Ballard recorded her daily struggle against poverty, disease, domestic abuse and social turmoil. Two hundred years later, her world is painstakingly recreated by a historian seeking to
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Genre/Form: Biographical television programs
Documentary television programs
Historical television programs
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
DVD
Video
Biography
Documentary
Biographical (Nonfiction)
Drama
Biography Drama
Named Person: Martha Ballard; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich; Martha Ballard; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P Rogers; Laurie Kahn-Leavitt; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich; Todd Boekelheide; Kaiulani Lee; Ron Tough; Kevin Jubinville; Waneta Storms; Henriette Ivanans; Patricia Welbourn; Peter Stein; Steven Poster; William A Anderson, (Filmmaker); Susan Korda; Orison (Musical group),; Blueberry Hill Productions,; PBS Home Video,; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.),
ISBN: 0793691206 9780793691203
OCLC Number: 71223415
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Based on the book "A midwife's tale : the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812" by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
Originally produced as an episode of the PBS television program American Experience in 1997.
Special features include: Teacher's guide (DVD-ROM pdf).
Credits: Key advisor and collaborator, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich ; directors of photography, Peter Stein, Steven Poster ; editors, William A. Anderson, Susan Korda ; music by Todd Boekelheide ; music performed by Orison (Barry Phillips, Deby Benton Grosjean, William Coulter, Shelley Phillips, Lars Johannesson) ; production designer, Nancy Deren ; costume designer, Kim Marie Druce.
Cast: Kaiulani Lee (Martha Ballard), Ron Tough (Ephraim Ballard), Kevin Jubinville (Jonathan Ballard), Waneta Storms (Sally Pierce Ballard), Henriette Ivanans (Parthenia Barton), Patricia Welbourn (Hanna Ballard).
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; full screen presentation; stereo.
Contents: Martha and Laurel, and Martha's diary --
The epidemic --
Family and work --
Martha and the new doctor --
The minister's wife and the law --
Courtship and marriage --
Parthenia's long illness --
Rebellion at home and in the woods --
1800, the turn of the century --
Ephraim's year in jail --
The Purrington murder --
The end of Martha's life.
Series Title: American experience.
Other Titles: Midwives tale
American experience (Television program)
Responsibility: Blueberry Hill Productions ; a film by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt, Richard P. Rogers ; directed by Richard P. Rogers ; written and produced by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt.
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"An innovative dramatic film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother living in the wilds of Maine during the chaotic decades following the American Revolution. In a sparsely written diary, Ballard recorded her daily struggle against poverty, disease, domestic abuse and social turmoil. Two hundred years later, her world is painstakingly recreated by a historian seeking to understand eighteenth century America through a woman's eyes."--PBS website.

Tells the story of two women, 200 years apart, linked together by the massive yet cryptic diary one of them left behind. The life and world of Martha Ballard, a frontier midwife in Maine, is reconstructed through her diary. She lived through the economic boom and bust, and political and social turmoil of the decades following the American Revolution.

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