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Catharine Williams (1787-1872) lived such a lot of her existence in Rhode Island, the place she supported herself and her daughter by way of a effective literary occupation. Her such a lot compelling paintings, Fall River, final released in 1833, recreates a infamous incident within the ill-fated city of Fall River, Massachusetts: the trial of a Methodist minister for the homicide of a pregnant mill employee whom it was once suspected he had seduced. Williams's investigative record bargains a vibrant modern view of the lives of bad "factory women" and of clerical corruption within the commercial cities of early New England. whereas established in truth, the publication increases issues of sexual and non secular hypocrisy and exploitation that could be in comparison with these of novels like The Coquette, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Scarlet Letter. whilst, the author's mix of journalism, biography, fiction, and exhortation makes this "authentic narrative" an strange problem to standard notions of literary shape and yields clean insights into the character of early American women's writing.

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