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        A Midwife's Tale - After the Revolution

        When Martha Ballard began her diary in 1785, the Revolutionary War had been over for just a year. The states, still a confederation and almost entirely agrarian, had a total population of under 4 million. The former colonies were struggling through a major economic depression and just beginning to understand how to operate outside the confines of British rule. Read more about the historical context of Ballard's diary in this article from American Experience: "A Midwife's Tale."

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