By Megan Taylor Shockley
In 1852 Hannah Rebecca Crowell married sea captain William Burgess and set sail. inside of 3 years, Rebecca Burgess had crossed the equator 11 occasions and discovered to navigate a vessel. In 1856, 22-year-old Rebecca stored the send Challenger as her husband lay loss of life from dysentery. The widow lower 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 historic society upon her dying, yet there is not any different facts that this dramatic occasion happened precisely this fashion. In The Captain’s Widow of Sandwich, Megan Taylor Shockley examines how Burgess developed her personal legend and the way town of Sandwich embraced that historical past as its personal. via cautious research of myriad fundamental resources, Shockley additionally addresses how Burgess handled the conflicting gender roles of her existence, reconciling her commonly masculine adventures at sea and her self reliant way of life with the permitted beliefs of the period’s “Victorian woman.”
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