American Experience: A Midwife's Tale

American Experience: A Midwife's Tale

Kaiulani Lee
Director: Richard P. Rogers Cast: Kaiulani Lee
Kaiulani Lee
, Ron Tough
Ron Tough
, Kevin Jubinville
Kevin Jubinville
Richard P. Rogers


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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, American Experience: A Midwife's Tale is an investigative unfolding of the life of an 18th century midwife, Martha Ballard, living on the Maine frontier. For 27 years, Ballard kept a diary in which she recorded the weather, daily household tasks, her midwifery duties, her medical practice, and countless incidents, which, through Ulrich's exploration, reveals the turmoil of post-Revolutionary America through a woman's eye. Social change, religious conflict, economic instability, as well as the grim realities of disease, domestic violence, and debtor's prison are all culled from the cryptic entries of Ballard's diary. ~ Brooke Hodess

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2006
UPC: 0841887006217
Original Release: 1997
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 42,789

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kaiulani Lee Actor
Ron Tough Actor
Kevin Jubinville Actor
Waneta Storms Actor
Patricia Welborn Actor
Tari Signor Actor
Henriette Ivanans Actor
Andrew Miller Actor
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Actor

Technical Credits
Richard P. Rogers Director,Editor
William A. Anderson Editor
Todd Boekelheide Score Composer
Nancy Deren Production Designer
Kim Marie Druce Costumes/Costume Designer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Adam Escott Asst. Director
Laurie Khan-Leavitt Producer,Screenwriter
Susan Korda Editor
Arthur McKay Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Peter Stein Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Midwife's Tale
2. Martha and Laurel - and Martha's Diary [1:53]
3. The Epidemic [8:08]
4. Family and Work [11:07]
5. Martha and the New Doctor [8:35]
6. The Minister's Wife and the Law [1:40]
7. Courtship and Marriage [4:59]
8. Parthenia's Long Illness [8:25]
9. Rebellion at Home and in the Woods [7:20]
10. 1800: The Turn of the Century [6:39]
11. Ephraim's Year in Jail [6:19]
12. The Purrington Murder [11:57]
13. The End of Martha's Life [1:36]

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