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Marilyn Thei S.C.


Marilyn Thei’s highly detailed article examines Elizabeth Seton “within the context of her world, amidst life in late eighteenth-century New York City as experienced by women of her class, race, and age.” Thei uses the writing of Elizabeth and her peers as well as sources of feminist scholarship to do this. Elizabeth’s life is often contrasted with lives of women from other races and classes. The topics covered include the extent of Elizabeth’s engagement with the world of fashion and entertainment, the nature of her relationships with her husband and with her dearest friend, her experience of motherhood, her role as mistress of a household, her charitable activity, the scope of the Seton family’s financial crisis, and the impact of the decision to travel to Italy.