By Megan Taylor Shockley
In 1852 Hannah Rebecca Crowell married sea captain William Burgess and set sail. inside 3 years, Rebecca Burgess had crossed the equator 11 instances and discovered to navigate a vessel. In 1856, 22-year-old Rebecca kept the send Challenger as her husband lay demise from dysentery. The widow back to her family’s domestic in Sandwich, Massachusetts, the place she refused all marriage proposals and died filthy rich in 1917.
This is the best way Burgess recorded her tale in her prodigious journals and registers, which she donated to the neighborhood old society upon her demise, yet there's no different proof that this dramatic occasion happened precisely this manner. In The Captain’s Widow of Sandwich, Megan Taylor Shockley examines how Burgess built her personal legend and the way the city of Sandwich embraced that background as its personal. via cautious research of myriad basic resources, Shockley additionally addresses how Burgess handled the conflicting gender roles of her lifestyles, reconciling her generally masculine adventures at sea and her self sustaining way of life with the approved beliefs of the period’s “Victorian woman.”
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The Captain’s Widow of Sandwich: Self-Invention and the Life of Hannah Rebecca Burgess, 1834-1917 by Megan Taylor Shockley