Using examples from A Midwife’s Tale, discuss the extent to which life in the Kennebec Valley reflected and/or contradicted prevailing national attitudes (as reflected in the Declaration of Independence) toward one of the following:
Option A – The meaning of the idea that “all men are created equal.” What does this come to mean nationally in the years 1789-1815 What does it mean in the Kennebec Valley in the lives of members of the Ballard family and the community around Hallowell? Who shares in taking advantage of the idea of equality? Who is deprived of equality in the Kennebec Valley? Why does this happen? Discuss three scenes in the book which substantiate your findings.
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