2014 Nora Doyle (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), "The Maternal Body as Lived Experience and Cultural Expression in America, 1750-1850" (University of North Carolina Press)

From the “raving mother”—the enslaved woman threatened with the loss of her child portrayed in tracts about antebellum bondage--to the pious angels dotting  the pages of Godey’s Lady Book, Nora Doyle’s elegant investigation exposes the sentimental, the sensational and the compelling elements that defined women during early national period.  Yet as Doyle discovers, modern motherhood is saturated with fallout from this era. Narratives of motherhood and other important voices shine through in this compelling history of the maternal body.  Written under the supervision of Jacquelyn Dowd Hall.